. Despite signing a new deal, Eric Bailly has warned that if he does not feature frequently next season, he may consider leaving Manchester United. When United signed Bailly from Villarreal in the summer of 2016, they paid £30 million ($42 million) for his services, and he had a successful debut season at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho, winning the Carabao Cup and the Europa League.
Bailly, on the other hand, has been unable to progress from there due to recurring fitness difficulties, which have hampered his total performance, with the 2020-21 season representing his most injury-plagued in Manchester.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer To Stick with Eric Bailly
Despite his injury history, current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided to stick with Bailly, who was awarded a new three-year contract in April that keeps him at Old Trafford until 2024. However, Bailly has stated that he is not bound by that agreement. He has stated that if he is not given a starting berth in Solskjaer’s team next season, he would look into other possibilities.
The 27-year-old told The New York Times, “Competition is always beneficial to improve. All I say is that if I have an opportunity to play, I’d like to stay. I don’t want to start one game and then be a replacement for the next five. If that happens, I’ll have to come up with another plan. The new deal is nice, but if I don’t play, I’ll be willing to consider alternative offers.”
In his first five seasons with the Red Devils, Bailly only appeared in 105 games in all competitions. He scored one goal and provided one assist.
The center-back has only made 20 appearances this season. He missed many games due to injury and a positive coronavirus test. However, he has started three of United’s past four Premier League games.
Bailly is a strong contender to keep his spot in Solskjaer’s line-up for Wednesday’s Europa League final. The Europa League is against his former side Villarreal.
Due to Harry Maguire’s injury-forced absence, he has seen more minutes recently. He is ready to step in at the Gdansk Stadium in Poland.