According to The Sun, Manchester United defender Eric Bailly wants talks with manager Jose Mourinho after ‘falling out of favour’ last season. The 24-year-old became an outcast at Old Trafford after losing his place to Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof in the final few months of the 2017/18 campaign and seeks clarification on his role ahead of the new season.
Bailly joined United from Villarreal in 2016 and has gone on to make 56 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils. The Ivorian international was a regular at the heart of the defence in his debut season, featuring in 38 games across the board as United won the Europa League and League Cup, but he lost his place the following campaign.
The centre-back suffered an ankle injury which saw him miss a lot of games for United, but he found his place in the side taken when he returned to the first-team. In the last 11 league games of the season, Bailly made only three Premier League starts between mid-February and mid-May and was an unused substitute on four occasions.
He’ll no doubt be hoping pre-season can be a clean slate for him to get back in favour under Mourinho, but talks may occur between the two in order to clarify his role.