According to the Mirror, Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is fearful of his future at the club after being frozen out by manager Jose Mourinho. The 24-year-old has endured an injury-hit season but when he’s been fit to play, the United boss has used him sparingly of late.
Bailly joined the Red Devils from Villarreal in 2016 and was outstanding in his debut season at Old Trafford, making 39 appearances in all competitions as United won the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League. His second campaign in Manchester hasn’t gone well, however.
The £75k-per-week centre-back has made just 11 Premier League appearances, having spent nearly four months out with an ankle injury, and Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have developed a solid defensive partnership in his absence. Bailly has made just three league appearances since February, despite being fit, which has him reportedly worrying about his future this summer.
The Ivorian international was left out of the matchday squad in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Arsenal, although two league games he has started in recently were against Liverpool (March 10) and Manchester City (April 7). Nevertheless, Mourinho freezing him out for the majority of fixtures in recent weeks doesn’t bode well for his chances of a long-term stay in Manchester.