Is Eric Bailly’s time up at Manchester United?

The Manchester United defender is only in his third season but it looks like he might be surplus to requirements. In recent weeks he has been in and out of the squad but on the weekend against Newcastle United, he was hooked after the team shipped two goals within ten minutes. Sports betting sites around the planet are abuzz with the question if manager Jose Mourinho had enough of the Ivorian defender?

During the Newcastle game, Bailly was replaced with defensive midfielder Scott McTominay, who struggled and was left on the sidelines to watch the comeback. Will he be reintegrated into the squad after the international break?

It looks possible that he will do due to frailties at the back and Mourinho’s lack of trust in his other centre-halves such as Victor Lindelof, who was left on the sidelines for the whole game when two defensive midfielders played at centre back. However, Mourinho could be tempted to play Nemanja Matic as a ball playing centre-half when they return against Chelsea as fans seek the attacking nature of the second half against Newcastle once more.

With plenty of competition for centre-half Bailly should have really cemented his place in the squad. With a terrible performance against Brighton, he looked to be out of the squad for good but he has managed to force his way back in due to terrible performances from the other centre-backs at the club. Against Valencia, he looked more energetic, determined and the Bailly we saw from his first season at the club. However, within ten minutes against Newcastle, he was made to be the fall guy once again.

Despite being the first signing of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United tenure and enjoying success in the form of the Europa League and League Cup he has endured a difficult time. After missing out on game time at the end of the season due to Mourinho’s decision to play likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo because they were possibly heading off to the World Cup with their respected countries.

Former Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand feels like this could be the end of the road for Bailly. He stated it was humiliating to be brought off that early into the game especially at Old Trafford. It will be really tough for Bailly to force his way back into Mourinho’s thinking now.

Chris Smalling seems to be the favourite choice for Mourinho and he would have hoped that Bailly would be able to partner the Englishman on a regular basis but the Portuguese manager has often rotated and failed to decide on a partnership at the heart of the defence.

With January fast approaching you can imagine that Mourinho will be demanding a centre-half once again; despite Ed Woodward denying him a new one in the summer. He has spent heavily in that position but he clearly does not trust his players and that is fundamentally where he builds his title-winning sides.

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