Eric Bailly claims that England players are favoured a lot at Manchester United but believes Erik ten Hag can put a stop to that, thanks to his personality.
Man United agreed to loan Bailly to Marseille this summer with an obligation to sell to the French club at the end of the season.
During Bailly’s time at Old Trafford, he was behind the likes of Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane and at some point he was fit and on form, previous managers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick would overlook him to start out-of-form Maguire, who got slated on several occasions for his poor performances.
The Ivorian defender believes that favouring English players at Old Trafford also played a role in United’s poor performances last season but has urged Erik ten Hag against walking in the footsteps of his predecessors.
Ten Hag started Harry Maguire twice against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford but his performance was dreadful. The Dutchman took a decision to drop him alongside his compatriot, Luke Shaw, who had poor displays as well.
So far, the Red Devils have won their last four games without both Maguire and Shaw in the starting lineup and Bailly urges the former Ajax boss, who HAS TOTAL CONTROL OF THE SQUAD, to select his team based on performance rather than nationality.
“The club [Manchester United] should avoid favoring English players and give everyone a chance. The club should encourage competition in the dressing room. I always had the impression that the English player was favoured,” Bailly told MUnitedFR.
“That’s not the case at Chelsea or other big Premier League clubs. Some take it for granted that they’re going to start, and that weakens the team. Fortunately, [Erik] ten Hag has a lot of character and I hope he can change that.”
Eric Bailly claimed that he had made up his mind to dump Manchester United at the end of the season after he failed to pocket playing time at Old Trafford.
However, he dallied on his exit following an encounter with new boss Erik ten Hag, who advised him to stay put at United as he would give every player a chance to impress him.
“I met Erik ten Hag at the end of last season when he went to sign his contract. I was packing my bags, because my intention was to leave, but he told me that he wanted me stay, because he was going to give everyone minutes,” Ten Hag.
“I agreed to tour with Manchester United, and he kept his word, but I don’t want to play once in a while. I want to play every week and feel important.”