Manchester United duo unrecognisable since Solskjaer replaced Mourinho, says pundit

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Manchester United defenders Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly were singled out for special praise from pundit Garth Crooks after the club’s 1-0 win over Leicester City.

The Red Devils were not at their free-flowing best at the King Power Stadium this weekend, but Marcus Rashford’s goal and a solid display at the back was enough to get the job done.

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United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went for a central defensive pairing of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof against Leicester, with the latter coming in for particular praise from Crooks as he made his team of the week on BBC Sport.

In extremely high praise indeed, Crooks compared the duo to Italian legends Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro at their best.

And while that may be a bit of a stretch, it is fair to say Lindelof has been one of United’s most improved players this season.

Solskjaer has done a very impressive job in his short time at Old Trafford, and Crooks says he now cannot recognise a number of the club’s players under the Norwegian tactician, with Paul Pogba also making his team of the week.

‘There are a number of players in this new Manchester United set-up who I don’t recognise anymore,’ Crooks said.

‘Eric Bailly was a nervous wreck away against Brighton earlier in the season and Victor Lindelof wasn’t much better – but the pair looked like the superb former Italy defenders Fabio Cannavaro and Alessandro Nesta at their best against a very dangerous Leicester team.

‘Lindelof in particular is playing with an authority I haven’t seen from him before. What is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feeding these boys?!’

On Pogba, he added: ‘I have given Pogba untold abuse since his arrival from Juventus but credit where credit is due – since the departure of Jose Mourinho the lad has been immense.’

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