Manchester United Star Plotting A Return To Spain

Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly and David De Gea celebrate at the end of the match.

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It hasn’t been a great time for Manchester United defenders this season. In the summer, Jose Mourinho wanted to bring in a central defender, but the request was turned down by Ed Woodward.

The Red Devils have since managed to keep only 3 clean sheets in the Premier League, conceding more than a goal each game on average.

Eric Bailly has come under fire on numerous occasions this season. His poor performances against Brighton and Newcastle saw him being frozen out from the starting XI until recently.

The 24-year-old was handed his first opportunity under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as Manchester United came up against Bournemouth in the last fixture of 2018.


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In the 79th minute, Bailly went through Fraser with a rash tackle, and the referee gave him his marching orders. The 3-game suspension means that he won’t be available for the key fixture against Tottenham this Sunday.

According to a report in Mundo Deportivo, the Ivory Coast international is considering a return to Spain, as Sevilla look to reinforce their defence by the end of this month.


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The report adds that Bailly, who started his career at Espanyol before moving to Villareal in 2015, believes Jose Mourinho’s departure could affect his growth at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old has managed to make only 67 appearances across his three seasons in Manchester. He had made a brilliant start to life in England, as he played a pivotal role in United’s Europa League success. But injuries have derailed his career since.

Manchester United are unlikely to sanction his departure before securing a replacement. Woodward has made it clear that the club won’t be making moves for any short-term targets in January, meaning Bailly’s chances of joining Sevilla this month are slim.