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 JUST DID A MARADONNA TO GET AWAY FROM THE STRIKER pic.twitter.com/J8LTjQsyHf— Waz (@wazzz_r) March 10, 2018
Eric Bailly is better than the best defender at your club. Pass it on.— LJ™ 🇾🇪 (@RealTalkUnited) March 10, 2018
Rashford & Lukaku immense, but difference has been return of Eric Bailly. #MUFC could have had a different season if he'd stayed fit— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) 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.
Eric Bailly overtakes Phil Jones in Manchester United's 'own goal of the season' award. Great stuff. #MUNLIV— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 10, 2018
That is some finish by Eric Bailly. Tremendous.— FK (@fkhanage) March 10, 2018
Man Utd fans after Eric Bailly's own goal. pic.twitter.com/ppuwCjWyWi— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) 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.