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Eric Bailly – Ivorian defender threatened by rival’s form – 2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia


Eric Bailly (L) of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League match

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Dec 01, 2017. 19:00


Eric Bailly may have a tough time getting back into Manchester United’s starting XI following the impressive form shown by rival and teammate Victor Lindelof.

Though the Swedish defender has taken his time to settle at Old Trafford following a big-money move from Benfica in the European summer, he has impressed in United’s last two matches and may have jumped ahead in the pecking order for central defenders.

The Swede was composed in the 1-0 and 4-2 wins over Brighton and Watford respectively and may have done enough to claim a starting place for the big game away to Arsenal tomorrow evening.

Bailly also faces competition from the return of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones from injury, though Jose Mourinho’s use of a back three in the win at Vicarage Road in midweek means an abundance of centre-backs is needed.

The Ivorian remains one of the Red Devils’ best ‘natural’ defenders and will surely see plenty of action, especially over the busy upcoming festive season, when games come thick and fast and squad rotation becomes more prevalent.

If Bailly doesn’t make the cut for the match at Emirates Stadium tomorrow, he is at least likely to see action in next week’s UEFA Champions League match at home to CSKA Moscow, where United will be looking to confirm their place in the last 16.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Eric Bailly – Ivorian defender fresh for Red Devils


Eric Bailly of Manchester United

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 19:00


Eric Bailly will look to shrug off the disappointment of Ivory Coast’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup when he features for Manchester United this weekend.

Bailly was suspended for the Elephants’ 2-0 loss to Morocco last weekend which saw the North Africans secure top spot in the group and return to the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

Nonetheless, the 23-year-old took to his Facebook page to express his pain and apologise to the Ivorian faithful.

“Bad time for our national team I’m a part of. Our apologies for the bad performance of the team during our last games, for me the important was neither the game against Mali nor against Morocco, but rather our bad results in official games since the beginning of the year,” wrote Bailly.

The best way for the centre-back to put the Elephants’ failure behind him is to perform strongly at club level.

Bailly will be fresh and rested for Manchester United’s upcoming matches this weekend and next midweek.

The Red Devils will first host Newcastle United for a high-profile Premier League clash on Saturday evening, followed by a trip to Basel next Wednesday in which they will look to secure progression into the UEFA Champions League knockout stage.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Eric Bailly – Ivorian defender faces Blues test – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Manchester United’s Eric Bailly

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 19:00


Eric Bailly and Manchester United will be given a stern test of their mettle this weekend when they face Premier League champions Chelsea.

The Blues will host the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening, kick-off at 18h30 CAT.

Bailly has returned to the United starting XI this past week after a lengthy absence, helping the team record wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Benfica in the Premier League and Champions League respectively.

The presence of the Elephants defender has helped stabilise the backline, with his pace and anticipation particularly prevalent.

Yet the long spell out of the team has had its effects on Bailly’s fitness, with the 23-year-old notably struggling with fatigue in the midweek clash against Benfica.

He will have had almost four days of rest before the Chelsea match and, barring any injuries picked up in training, is likely to start on Sunday evening.

United defeated Chelsea 2-0 when the teams last met back in April, but they have a poor record at Stamford Bridge in recent years, failing to win an away league clash against the Blues since October 2012.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Eric Bailly – Defender set for return to Red Devils line-up – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Eric Bailly (L) of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League match

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 19:00


Eric Bailly will look to return to Manchester United’s starting XI for tomorrow’s high-profile clash at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

The Ivory Coast defender has not featured for the Red Devils since their 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League exactly a month ago today.

Following that match – which was Bailly’s UCL debut – he was rested for the home win over Crystal Palace on September 30, and then jetted off for international duty with the Ivory Coast.

The 23-year-old picked up an injury while featuring for the Elephants and has been out of commission ever since.

United have not fared particularly well in his absence, failing to win either of their two Premier League matches in the period (0-0 v Liverpool and 1-2 v Huddersfield Town).

However, Bailly returned to training this week and is in line to start against Spurs in tomorrow’s early-afternoon kick-off at Old Trafford.

It’s a key match for the Red Devils, who need a powerful performance (and a win) to convince their critics that they can challenge rivals Manchester City for the Premier League title.

Bailly was in good spirits this week upon returning to training, and posted this funny entry in his official Twitter page:



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Eric Bailly missed Liverpool v United due to injury – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Manchester United‘s Eric Bailly

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Oct 15, 2017. 13:00


Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly missed Manchester United’s match against Liverpool yesterday due to an unspecified injury.

The Red Devils held their old rivals to a goalless draw in an underwhelming Premier League clash at Anfield.

Jose Mourinho fielded Chris Smalling as Phil Jones’ central defensive partner, with Bailly surprisingly not even named on the bench.

The Potuguese manager revealed that Bailly, along with Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford, picked up knocks during the international break earlier in the month.

“I don’t think we have many options,” Mourinho told Sky Sports ahead of the game against Liverpool.

“Fellaini was injured with the national team, Bailly was injured with the national team and Rashford was injured with the national team. We don’t have many options.

“I never complain about that. I was just mentioning it to you because the next question is maybe ‘why is Rashford not playing?’, ‘why is Bailly not even on the bench?’.

“But, okay, since the moment we know the players we have available, we thought about the match and we thought about our options and we made these decisions.”



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Eric Bailly, Phil Jones face major test


Manchester United’s Eric Bailly

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 09:00


Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister reckons Ivorian Eric Bailly and centre-back partner Phil Jones will face a major test in their match at Liverpool later today.

The Red Devils have enjoyed a strong start to the 2017/18 season, but have yet to face a testing opponent. That is set to change early this afternoon when they come up against Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield.

Bailly and Jones have generally been the preferred centre-back pairing for manager Jose Mourinho and they are expected to anchor the defence against the Reds, where they have to be in top form, according to Pallister.

“There were big question marks over Phil Jones over the last couple of years with injuries and his form and I think he has come back to his critics with his form this year,” Pallister told betsafe.com.

“He has been one of our best players at the start of this season, it is terrific to he him recapture his form from when he came to Old Trafford.

“Bailly loves to defend and maybe even a mould of [Nemanja] Vidic or a Steve Bruce, he is aggressive.

“He loves to defend and if I was a centre-half then I would love to play with a guy like him so I think defensively we have been pretty sound.

“We are scoring goals quite freely but we have not had a massive test, we expected more from Everton.

Liverpool is a massive test for this team, we no doubt look a better team than we did but this is a different level.”

Kick-off in the Liverpool-United match will be at 13h30 CAT.



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Manchester United can win the title – Eric Bailly – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Manchester United defender Eric Bailly

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 19:00


Manchester United can win the Premier League title if they continue their strong start to the season, says Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly.

Bailly has been a regular in the heart of United’s defence thus far in 2017/18, though he missed out on their last match, a 4-0 home win over Crystal Palace.

With the Ivorian’s help, the Red Devils have kept six clean sheets from seven games – but they will be more stringently tested when they face hated rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

“This year there is more desire, more success at everything we do,” Bailly told United Review.

“It’s important to see the team starting off well in top form, and I think that with the work we’ve done, and the work by the manager and the staff, we’ll continue the way we’ve begun and that will lead us to the Premier League title.”

Bailly will hope to return to Jose Mourinho’s starting XI for the clash against Liverpool, which kicks off at 13h30 CAT on Saturday.



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Champions League debut delights Eric Bailly – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Eric Bailly (L) of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League match

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 17:00


After making his UEFA Champions League debut last night, Ivory Coast star Eric Bailly has expressed his joy at a new landmark in his career.

The Elephants defender helped Manchester United record a comfortable 4-1 away win over Russia’s CSKA Moscow at the VEB Arena on Wednesday.

The English team were in control of the match from early on when Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the fourth minute.

Anthony Martial added a second from the penalty spot in the 18th minute and then provided another assist for Lukaku to make it 3-0 inside the opening half hour.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it 4-0 in the second half, but United were unable to keep a clean sheet as they allowed Konstantin Kuchaev to net a consolation goal in the 90th minute.

Bailly, who missed United’s first Champions League match earlier in the month due to suspension, had a relatively easy time on debut, with CSKA offering little threat in attack.

The 23-year-old Ivorian took to Twitter to express his joy at appearing in the world’s premier club competition for the first time in his career.



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Eric Bailly to fulfill Champions League ‘dream’ – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Manchester United’s Eric Bailly

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 19:00


Eric Bailly says he will be fulfilling a dream in the likely event that he makes his UEFA Champions League debut with Manchester United this evening.

The Elephants centre-back missed United’s win over FC Basel earlier this month due to suspension, but he is available for tonight’s match in Russia against CSKA Moscow.

Bailly is expected to partner Phil Jones in the heart of the Red Devils’ defence.

“With regards to the Champions League, I’m available,” he told MUTV.

“My suspension has finished now and I am very happy. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to so much. I am content and I hope I will be in the team.”

Bailly added, “For me, it is very, very important because I’ve always dreamed of playing in the Champions League but I have only made the Europa League until now.

“My dream of the Champions League is about to come true. I am happy and I am mentally ready for the game.”

The CSKA v Man United match will be played at the VEB Arena in Moscow, kick-off at 20h45 CAT.



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I’ll be here – Bailly ready for Zlatan return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Manchester United duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 21, 2017. 13:00


Ivory Coast star Ivory Coast star Eric Bailly has expressed his desire to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to Manchester United.
has expressed his desire to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to Manchester United.

The Swedish striker is currently a free agent after his one-year contract with the Red Devils lapsed at the end of last season.

However, it is widely expected that he will sign a deal with the Red Devils until the end of the season once he returns to the training ground, following the knee surgery he underwent in April.

Bailly scored his first goal for United on the weekend, helping the team defeat Swansea City 4-0 away.

The Elephants defender was happy to post on Instagram in regards to Ibrahimovic’s latest fitness update.

Bailly commented: “I hope you’re almost ready to come back, Zlatan I’ll be here!”



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UEFA bans Eric Bailly for two more matches – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (R) speaks to Manchester United’s Eric Bailly

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jul 25, 2017. 18:00


Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is set to miss two more UEFA matches due to suspension.

Bailly has been given a three-match ban for his red card against Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-final on May 11.

The 23-year-old centre back was shown his marching orders after a brawl in the semi-final and missed the final against Ajax Amsterdam, which Jose Mourinho’s men won 2-0.

However, the BBC website suspension has now been extended to include two more games.

Bailly will miss the Super Cup against Real Madrid on 8 August and United‘s opening Champions League group match.

The Elephants international’s case does not qualify for an appeal because the European football‘s governing body only overturns decisions made by the referee in cases of mistaken identity.



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