Victor Lindelof facing Man Utd axe for Brighton clash after Crystal Palace horror show with Eric Bailly fit to play


VICTOR LINDELOF is facing the axe against Brighton after Manchester United’s calamitous opening to the new Premier League season.

The centre-back was all over the place as Crystal Palace took the back four to pieces winning 3-1.

Eric Bailly could replace Victory Lindelof in the Manchester United line-up this weekend

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Eric Bailly could replace Victory Lindelof in the Manchester United line-up this weekendCredit: PA:Empics Sport

Now with Eric Bailly fit again Solskjaer is looking to form a regular partnership between him and Harry Maguire.



They played together in 3-0 midweek away win to Luton in the EFL Cup.

Solskjaer said: “I think last season proved to us how we can defend at our best but last week wasn’t fantastic, we conceded sloppy goals.

“Eric is fit again, which is a big, big plus and we are looking forward to seeing him develop and play more games. 

“We’ve been waiting him to be fit and play more regularly.”

Before adding: “I think our defensive record from last season with Eric and Harry showed how good a partnership they were.”

Bailly made only 11 appearances last season due to injury but five of those resulted in clean sheets.

While fans have been crying out for a new centre-half it is clear Solskjaer has faith in what Bailly can do.

Solskjaer is hopeful that the team itself is more up to speed for the lunchtime kick off away to Brighton.

His side had only trained together for a week after their late ending to last season with the Europa League and looked well off the pace against a Palace side who had a full pre-season.

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Solskjaer said: “We’re a week further down the line, it’s been a good week, some players have been training well and the work has been good.

“We played well against Luton, we’re further down the line like other teams, we need to be further down the line because last week was disappointing.”

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