Manchester United defender Eric Bailly went from showboating, 'Maradona turn' heroics to own goal embarrassment in two memorable moments against Liverpool.
Starting his first Premier League match in four months, the centre-back was welcomed with open arms by United fans, who loved his high-risk, high-reward pirouette turn to shrug off Mohamed Salah in the first half.
Eric Bailly, the coolest man on the pitch. pic.twitter.com/nVJJg6REzy— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) March 10, 2018
Eric Bailly is straight from Wakanda. — Justin (@SlimSnelling) March 10, 2018
Eric Bailly Zidane-rouletting his way into my heart. — Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) March 10, 2018
Eric Bailly is better than the best defender at your club. Pass it on. — LJ™ 🇾🇪 (@RealTalkUnited) March 10, 2018
But, with Jose Mourinho's men leading by two goals courtesy of Marcus Rashford, Bailly somehow backheel-flicked the ball into his own goal from a driven Sadio Mane cross.
That is some finish by Eric Bailly. Tremendous. — FK (@fkhanage) March 10, 2018
Feel really bad for Eric Bailly. Was phenomenal up until the own goal considering it’s his first start since November. Sad to see him injured again - hoping it’s not long term. Manchester United need him.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) March 10, 2018
Eric Bailly receiving treatment from the physio for a severe case of embarrassment. — Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) March 10, 2018
I've spent 16 years trying to recreate Gianfranco Zola's goal against Norwich and then Eric Bailly does it completely by accident. — Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) March 10, 2018
United held out at Old Trafford to win 2-1 and go five points clear of top-four rivals Liverpool in second place with eight Premier League games to play.