Bailly Promised A Starting Role At Man United, But Under One Condition

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Jose Mourinho has promised Eric Bailly regular game-time, as long as he remains patient.

Since the 3-2 win over Newcastle on October 6, Bailly hadn’t featured for Manchester United until last week, when they clashed against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The Ivory Coast international heavily impressed against the Gunners, as he was one of the stand-out performers in the Premier League encounter.

But in the Mancunians’ subsequent encounter with Fulham, the centre-back was surprisingly omitted from the match-day squad altogether. Emerging reports indicated that Jose was actually resting the player, so as to have him ready for the midweek UCL game against Valencia.

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Bailly’s frequent omission from the starting lineups has seen him get linked with a transfer away from the Theatre of Dreams. A host of clubs have expressed their interest in the talented defender, who is still only 24 years of age.

But now, according to a brand new update from The Guardian, Eric Bailly may indeed have a future at the Manchester club.

The report indicates that Jose Mourinho recently met with the former Villarreal man, assuring the central defender that he was happy with the recent contribution displayed on the pitch.

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Further, Bailly was also told that as long as he remains patient and waits for his chance, he will be handed another run of games to try and nail down his spot in the starting lineup.

Along with these pleasing words from his gaffer, the African has also attracted praise from his former Villarreal boss Marcelino, who is currently in-charge of the Reds’ upcoming opponents, Valencia.

Marcelino stated on Tuesday: “He’s an extraordinary player and an extraordinary person. I’m so sorry for his injuries, because I know his performances are conditioned by this.

“I know he is having a hard time and suffering when trying to have a stable rhythm in the team. I wish nothing but the best for him and I feel his youth will help him through these hard times and he will be very important for United.”