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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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SuperSport chairman pays tribute to Eric Tinkler and players – 2017 CAF Champions League


Head coach Eric Tinkler of Supersport United 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 15:00


SuperSport United chairman Khulu Sibiya has lavished praise on coach Eric Tinkler and his players after reaching the CAF Confederation Cup final.

Matsatsantsa booked a place in a continental final for the first time in their club history after overcoming Tunisia’s Club Africain 4-2 on aggregate.

The South African side will face up to DR Congo giants – and defending Confed Cup champions – TP Mazembe over two legs next month.

At a press conference held at OR Tambo International airport following the team’s arrival back in South Africa, Sibiya expressed his pride at their achievement.

“This to me is the single biggest moment, not only for the club but for the country as well, it’s just overwhelming,” said Sibiya.

“It is a milestone. It is something we will cherish for a long, long time. Stan [club CEO Matthews], you and I have been going down and up, down and up with this club… This is it!

“We have done an amazing job, and I want to congratulate Eric. Eric, you have come to this club and you have made things happen.

“It is very unusual for any new coach to come into a new club and just make things happen. You’re an amazing, amazing man.”

The United chairman also requested all of South Africa to support his team in their bid to win the continental title, much as they did for Mamelodi Sundowns in their CAF Champions League campaign last year.

“Please go spread the word that this victory and the upcoming final is not for SuperSport, but for the country,” he added.

“Tell everybody out there that we are bringing this trophy home, and we need your support. We must make that stadium blue.

“It must be a crowd that we’ve never seen supporting SuperSport before, so please spread the word and tell everyone that we mean business.”



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Eric Tinkler is ready for a big Confed Cup fight against Africain in Tunis – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Head coach Eric Tinkler of Supersport United 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 10:00


Ahead of the CAF Confederation Cup semifinal clash against Club Africain, SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler says they are ready for a big fight.

United are fresh from lifting the MTN8 Cup in the South African domestic season last weekend and Tinkler is hoping to continue with his fairy tale.

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Although the South Africans travel to Tunisia slightly on the back foot after allowing the Tunisians to get an away goal in a 1-1 draw played at home last month, Tinkler banks on his players to succeed.

“I have told my players that we need to become addicted to winning like it’s some drug,” said Tinkler to CAF website

“We have to want it all the time and we need to have that mentality.

“We are bracing ourselves for a big fight but I believe in my players’ abilities and they have shown that they can thrive when put under pressure.

“Such competitions are where you judge yourself against the best and we need to step up.

“This is a trophy that I want to win as a coach and I almost did it with (Orlando) Pirates.”



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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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SuperSport’s Eric Tinkler explains how he beat Zesco in Confed Cup – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup


Head coach Eric Tinkler of Supersport United 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 14:30


SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler has explained how he reached the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals after overcoming Zesco United on the away goals last Saturday.

Following a 0-0 draw in the quarter-final first leg, Thuso Phala scored a brace to ensure they draw 2-2 against the Zambian side in the second leg.

John Ching’andu and David Owino scored for the hosts at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium last Saturday.

“We knew that we need to come here (Ndola) and not necessarily win but to get a scoring draw and we would go through, and that is precisely what we achieved,” Tinkler said.

“I explained to the players that we basically had 90 minutes in order to achieve that irrespective of whether we conceded or not but that shouldn’t change the fact that we are breaking the tie and that is exactly what we did.

“What we count as very important is what you do away from home rather than what you actually do at home.”

SuperSport will now face Tunisia’s Club Africain in the last four with the first leg of the semi-final set to be held on September 30 in Pretoria.



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Eric Tinkler has studied Zesco United’s offensive play for Confed Cup – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 13:30


As SuperSport United are chasing a CAF Confederation Cup semi-final spot, coach Eric Tinkler says he is happy to be back in continental competitions.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder previously led Orlando Pirates to the final of the same competition in 2015 as they lost to Tunisia’s Etoile Sportive du Sahel.

However, this time, the former Cape Town City manager will lead the Tshwane side against Zambia’s Zesco United in the quarter-final, first leg on Friday.

Yet to make a reasonable impact on the continental scene, Amatsantsantsa will want to emulate their cross-town rivals and current African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns and win the coveted trophy.

“I am happy to be back in CAF Competitions. I am one person who has always believed that South African clubs need to participate and do well in such competitions,” said to CAF website.

“We are at a stage of the competition where all teams are good and whatever weakness we have seen might be corrected come Friday.

“Yes, we have studied how they play but we also need to be on our A-game. We have identified a number of good players that are dangerous in offensive play.

“They are also very versatile in their formation which makes it slightly challenging to plan against them but we will be ready.”

The first-leg. quarter-final clash will be staged on Friday evening at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria and the return leg will be hosted seven days later at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.



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Brockie has been mature and professional – Eric Tinkler – MTN8 2017 – SuperSport Utd


Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United celebrates a goal during the MTN8 Semi Final Second Leg match between Maritzburg United and Supersport United on the 09 September 2017 at Harry Gwala Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 19:00


Jeremy Brockie has been nothing but mature and professional through his transfer saga, according to SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler.

The 29-year-old scored a brace on Saturday night to see United win 2-0 at Maritzburg and secure a place in next month’s MTN8 final.

The Kiwi had been strongly linked with a move away from Matsatsantsa and even put in a transfer request to try and secure a deal with cross-town rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.

SuperSport rejected his request and dropped him for the first leg against Maritzburg, a 1-1 draw played out late last month.

However, Tinkler always believed Brockie would put the issue behind him and regain his focus.

The reward was the striker’s 50th and 51st goals, seeing him close in on Matsatsantsa’s club record of 57 strikes held by the late Abram Raselemane.

“I put that to bed a long time ago and he [Brockie] also put it to bed. Like I have been saying to the press; he has been very, very good in training,” Tinkler said after the game.

“He’s been very professional, showed a lot of maturity and he understood that the opportunity to make a move will come. And we obviously know what his qualities are and he showed it again tonight [Saturday].”

SuperSport will meet Tinkler’s former team Cape Town City in the final next month.



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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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USA the biggest threat in World Cup group – Ghana’s Eric Ayiah


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Graeme Jackson

Monday Jul 10, 2017. 19:30


The United States will be Ghana’s biggest threat in their group at the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India, according to Ghana captain Eric Ayiah.

The Black Starlets, who were runners-up at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon back in May, will be playing in their first U-17 World Cup since 2007.

This past weekend’s group stage draw for the tournament placed them in Group A alongside hosts India, the United States and Colombia.

“Now we know the countries in our group but we don’t know anything about the teams so it’s going to be difficult,” Ayiah told Starr FM, as quoted by GHANASoccernet.

“But we are going to prepare very well to face them.

“USA may be our biggest contenders because they are a football country, but we will work harder to overcome them.”

Ghana will face Colombia in the tournament’s opening match in New Delhi on October 6, followed by games against the USA and India at the same venue on October 9 and 12 respectively.



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Eric Tinkler will take over at SuperSport United


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Brian Lee

Wednesday Jun 07, 2017. 17:35


A source close to AfricanFootball.com has revealed that Eric Tinkler will be the new SuperSport United head coach.

Tinkler, who led Cape Town City to third place in the South African top flight this season, will leave the Mother City club and take over the reins at SuperSport following Stuart Baxter’s last game in charge (which is the Nedbank Cup final on June 24).

Baxter is leaving SuperSport to take charge of the South African national team.

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The 46-year-old Tinkler had a spectacular time in the Cape Town in the 2016/17 campaign, leading the ‘Blue and Gold Army’ to their first ever piece of silverware in the team’s inaugural season and also secured a spot in the CAF Confederations Cup next season.

Tinkler was similarly successful in his first major coaching role with Orlando Pirates where he took charge in May 2015 and saved the club from relegation while guiding them to the final of the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup.

With Tinkler heading out the exit door at Cape Town City all arrows point to Roger de Sa as his replacement at the Mother City club.

De Sa is currently a free agent after stepping down from the helm at Maritzburg United in March this year. However, this is yet to be confirmed although a source revelas the deal is close to being signed.



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Eric Bailly makes me jealous, says Arsenal legend Wright – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Eric Bailly is set to be a key player for Manchester United as they target a place in the Europa League final

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jun 05, 2017. 16:00


Legendary Arsenal striker Ian Wright says he’s jealous that his former side could not sign Manchester United defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal last year.

The Ivory Coast international had a great debut season at the English Premier Leagie giants – winning the FA Community Shield, Capital One Cup and UEFA Europa League with United.

“You look at how good he is, everything,” Wright told beIN Sports.

“Pace, athletic ability, defending, reading, strength, you think to yourself: ‘yeah, you can see him being at United for the rest of his career.

The retired striker believes that the 23-year-old central defender has the quality to play for Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

“And if he does leave United it’ll be Barcelona or Real Madrid. He’s that kind of player,” the England legend added.

“You just have to think to yourself: ‘my god, what a find’.

“He’s one of those who make me quite jealous that Arsenal couldn’t find someone like him. It makes me jealous.”

Bailly, who joined United from Spanish La Liga side Villarreal in June 2017, made 25 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils during the 2016/17 campaign.



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Jose Mourinho: Manchester United star Eric Bailly was a bit naïve – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday May 12, 2017. 18:00


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho feels that his key central defender Eric Bailly did not deserve a red card against Celta Vigo on Thursday night.

The Ivory Coast international was sent off during United’s 1-1 draw with the Spanish side in the UEFA Europe League semi-final second-leg clash at the Old Trafford.

But the English giants advanced to the final after winning the tie 2-1 on aggregate. Bailly struck the Vigo striker John Guidetti in the 87th minute and the former was given a red card

“I didn’t see the incident but he [Bailly] was phenomenal. The game was emotional until the end for everyone,” Mourinho said on The Guardian.

“Some kept their control in a better way than others. And I think it was the wrong card.

The giant defender will now miss this year’s UEFA Europe League final which will see United take on Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on the 24th of May.

“The wrong card is not new in this kind of situation and probably Eric was a bit naïve,” he continued.

“I don’t know [the details of] the incident but we have lost a very important player for the final and we don’t have many.”



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