Eric Bailly is said to be close to agreeing new terms with Manchester United…
I kid you not, start typing Eric Bailly into your Google search engine and the first term that comes up is ‘injured’. Sadly, this is the story of the Ivorian’s Old Trafford career – and has been for his half-decade in Manchester United colours.
Now, according to ESPN, the unreliable United star is close to agreeing a new contract. Right now, he’s in ‘advanced talks’ with the Old Trafford club over a four-year contract.
Bailly has been keen to ‘seek assurances’ over his playing time, with ESPN stating that a ‘breakthrough’ was made in negotiations last week. Well, it seems some sort of agreement has been reached with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The talent cannot be denied. It’s why both Italian and Spanish clubs were looking at making their move for Bailly if he were to leave. However, I can’t help but feel this is a mistake.
62 Premier League games. That’s how many Bailly has featured in over his five-year stint in Manchester. To put that into context, United would have played 190 domestic league matches when this current season ends. The 27-year-old has featured in just under a third of our matches. That’s not good enough.
We’ve been here before and it seems like United just aren’t learning from their mistakes. Look at what happened when Phil Jones was handed a new deal. The same can be said for Marcos Rojo.
Sometimes, it’s better to walk away and cut your losses rather than doubling down on your mistakes. Bailly isn’t suddenly going to start being 100% fit and available for every game, is he?
I get that he’s probably the most talented centre-back at the club, but that’s of no use whatsoever if Bailly cannot keep himself fit for a prolonged period of time. Harry Maguire is the benchmark. He’s yet to miss a single minute of league action for United this term, which is why Solskjaer was right to spend big to bring the Englishman to Old Trafford.
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