United fans were quick to pick up on the defender’s contribution at Old Trafford, with one moment in particular standing out.
Just before half-time, with the score still 0-0, Fernandes was dispossessed in the Wolves half, leading to a rapid counter-attack from Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
As Neto was released down United’s left flank with Harry Maguire in pursuit, the rapid Adama Traore sprinted forward in support, leaving Aaron Wan-Bissaka eating dust.
Maguire didn’t catch Neto, but Bailly had also raced back and was able to cut out a pass from Neto which otherwise would have found Traore clear on goal.
But another fan hit back, saying: “Bailly was smart and giving himself enough space to cover the two danger areas… He blocked off Neto and as soon as he played the pass (which Bailly was expecting) he shifted his feet and turned his attention to Adama. Brilliant defending.”
After the game, in which Bailly made just his third Premier League start of the season, the defender took to Twitter to say: “A clean sheet and a victory. Good way to end a year to forget. We are coming for you, 2021.”
Fernandes responded to Bailly’s tweet saying: “My man of the match.”