Fosu-Mensah and Bailly.

The Telegraph mistake Eric Bailly for Timothy Fosu-Mensah in interview photo

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An Irish newspaper issued an apology last month when they mistook rapper Stormzy for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku on the back page of its newspaper.

Following Lukaku’s £75 million move to Man United, The Herald used a photo of the grime star alongside the headline: “Lukaku is ready for work”.

It was an embarrassing blunder that attracted nationwide attention and a furious response from Stormzy on Twitter.

“I don't find none of this funny btw 🤷🏿‍♂️ don't wanna sound like the party pooper who missed the joke…,” Stormzy wrote.

The Herald, meanwhile, promised to pay more attention to its editorial work in the future.

“To be honest, we are totally embarrassed and want to say sorry to all involved and our readers for the error,” they wrote.

“We will keep our eye on the ball in future.”

The Telegraph have made a similar error

That was just one month ago but it turns out that the message to be more careful wasn’t received by every publication.

The Telegraph have published an interview with Man United defender Eric Bailly in Friday’s edition but haven’t included a photo of the Ivorian, instead using an image of Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

The error was noticed by a couple of fans on Twitter - who pointed out that it wasn’t just in the newspaper where Fosu-Mensah appeared but on the iPhone, too.

The writer has responded

The journalist who wrote the story, James Ducker, responded after a fan pointed out the blunder to him on Twitter.

“The design of the papers has nothing to do with me,” Ducker wrote. “I’ve flagged it up. Not good at all.”

It’s inexcusable really, especially when you consider that Fosu-Mensah was recently loaned out to Crystal Palace.

The Dutch defender will spend the season out on loan at Selhurst Park, with Jose Mourinho seemingly content with his defensive options following the arrival of Victor Lindelof earlier in the summer.

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Bailly wanted to be a striker

In the interview with the Telegraph, Bailly revealed that he dreamed of becoming a striker before turning his attention towards defence.

“I would try to play as a striker even though I wasn’t but once I started growing up and saw that professional football was a step closer I watched Sergio Ramos a lot,” the 23-year-old said.

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