Eric Bailly responds to Man Utd fan who asked club for him to start

Eric Bailly is currently out of favour at Manchester United.

The Ivorian defender, who signed for United in 2016 in a £30 million move from Villarreal, has played just seven times in the 2021/22 campaign.

His last appearance for the Red Devils actually came all the way back in December in United’s 3-1 victory over Burnley at Old Trafford.

Bailly has been available for the majority of the last four months but, on occasion, hasn’t even been making the squad.

Ralf Rangnick even preferred to start Phil Jones instead of Bailly for United’s Premier League clash against Liverpool on Tuesday.

A report from ESPN last week claimed that Bailly had been ‘frustrated’ with his lack of opportunities and wanted to play first-team football elsewhere.

Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester United v Burnley – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – December 30, 2021 Manchester United’s Raphael Varane comes on as a substitute to replace Eric Bailly REUTERS/Phil Noble

And Bailly made his frustrations clear with his current situation on Thursday evening.

United’s official Instagram account posted images of numerous United players in training on Wednesday, including Raphael Varane and Bailly.

These pictures prompted a supporter, fuadfar7, to ask for Varane and Bailly to start together.

Bailly saw the fan’s comment and couldn’t resist replying, simply writing “Please”, alongside a praying and laughing emoji.

Bailly has now resorted to taking to Instagram to try and get a start for the club.

United travel to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday for their crucial Premier League clash against Arsenal.

Whether Bailly’s pleas are heard and he starts alongside Varane remains to be seen.

It’s looking increasingly likely the 28-year-old, who celebrated his birthday earlier this month, will leave United this summer.

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The Ivorian has played 186 times for the club over the last six years and scored twice.

His future could depend on the thoughts of Eric ten Hag, though.

The Dutchman was appointed United manager on Tuesday and may decide to give Bailly more of a chance than Ralf Rangnick has done.

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