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With all the splashy attacking signings and excitement around Manchester United's start to the season, a couple of relatively unsung heroes have been quietly going about their business in the heart of the defence.
Few would have expected Daley Blind and Eric Bailly to form United's first-choice centre-back partnership for the first three Premier League games of Jose Mourinho's tenure, but that is exactly what they have done.
And they have done it to a high level.
Mark Runnacles/Getty Images Wild scenes of celebration as United beat Hull with an injury-time winner.
United's 1-0 win over Hull City on Saturday came with the kind of attacking intent and injury-time breakthrough that used to be synonymous with the club. The strikers will get many of the plaudits, and rightly so, but Bailly and Blind were a significant part of the victory.
Indeed, Bailly was voted man of the match by followers of the club's Twitter account. On that basis, it is probably a misnomer to describe the defenders as unsung heroes given Bailly also won that award against Leicester City in the Community Shield and Bournemouth on the opening day of the season.
A fine debut from @EricBailly24 and you've voted him #MUFC Man of the Match - congrats, Eric!