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Manchester United loanee Eric Bailly endures nightmare evening for Marseille which ends in injury

The defender recently claimed that Manchester United favour selecting homegrown players in their line-ups over overseas players – something which he has received some push back on. After failing to play competitively for United in 2022, he secured a loan move to France for the season after Erik ten Hag managed to convince him to stay for pre-season.

The Ivorians spell at Old Trafford was blighted by injuries, which saw him sink below Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and Lisandro Martinez in the centre-half pecking order. The 28-year-olds Reds contract expires next summer and he is expected to depart after what will have then been a seven-year stay.

Bailly has played six times for Marseille since his switch, two of which have come in the Champions League. He played the full 90 minutes in last weeks 2-0 defeat to Tottenham but had to be substituted after 65 minutes in last nights loss to Frankfurt.

Bailly couldnt continue after picking up a knock during a tackle, his sixth separate issue since the start of the 2020/21 season. This came after finding himself out of position for Jesper Lindstroms 43rd-minute winner after losing a 50-50 ball.

The nature of the injury has not been clarified so its not known how long he could be out for. But its another step backwards for the United loanee, who has struggled for game time due to his persistent injury problems.

He failed to play a game for Ralf Rangnick after coming back from Januarys Africa Cup of Nations with an ankle injury. His last appearance for United came in a 3-1 win over Burnley on December 30 having tallied 112 outings for the club beforehand.

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