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Gary Neville wants someone of ‘Bailly’s profile’ to play alongside Maguire next season

Neville believes Solskjaer will build his defence around Maguire.

However, there are question marks over Bailly’s fitness level.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Gary Neville said: “Harry Maguire is the one Manchester United are going to build the defence around.

“So, what you’ve got to do is find a partner for him, that’s got to be somebody of the physicality and profile of Eric Bailly, actually.

“Quick, good in the air, strong, can cover Maguire one-on-one but also can get them up the pitch and allow them to play a little higher.”

While there’s no denying Bailly’s quality, the Ivorian’s Old Trafford career continues to be marred by injuries. The 26-year-old has featured in just 11 games so far this season, clocking in at just 862 minutes of action.

There are reportedly 4 names on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defensive shortlist although Victor Lindelof is expected to stay in Manchester for at least another season.

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