Eric Bailly's touching message to Jose Mourinho after his Man Utd exit

Man Utd's Eric Bailly

Eric Bailly's time at Manchester United in 2018/19 has been pretty woeful.

The Ivorian central defender was initially a huge success following his move from Villarreal, but has struggled with injuries and form this season.

Bailly has only made seven Premier League appearances and was infamously hauled off in the 19th minute against Newcastle, a game United went on to win 3-2.

Reports suggested Jose Mourinho had lost faith in the 24-year-old and as such, Bailly has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford in January.

However, after Mourinho's sacking on Tuesday, Bailly could be handed a new lease of life under interim manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer.

Surely he's an upgrade on Phil Jones and Chris Smalling at the moment, right?

Given Mourinho's lack of faith in him, you'd think Bailly would shy away from sending his best wishes to the departing Portuguese.

However, the Ivorian has become the second player after Jesse Lingard to speak out on social media, posting a touching Instagram message to Mourinho.

BAILLY'S INSTAGRAM

https://www.instagram.com/p/BrlJ1YAFnzQ/

Bailly wrote: "Whatever they may say, I will always be thankful to the person who gave me the chance to make my debut at Old Trafford. Thank you for what you have taught me. Good luck, coach."

Fair play to you, Eric.

Perhaps Bailly's message suggests the atmosphere behind-the-scenes was not as toxic as many media outlets have reported.

If it were, surely the players - especially those Mourinho publicly shunned - would have stayed silent?

Bailly on the ball vs Liverpool

Bailly's attention now has to turn to Saturday afternoon's game away at Cardiff and Solskjaer's team selection will certainly be an interesting one.

Will Bailly get the nod in defence and will Paul Pogba finally be recalled to the side?

Some of Mourinho's favourites could also be given the bench treatment, most notably Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku, who have both been hopelessly out of form.

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