Eric Bailly likely to return to Man United

April 19, 2023

Eric Bailly who is currently on loan at Olympique de Marseille, is expected to return to Manchester United at the end of the season.

Bailly joined Les Phocéens on a loan deal with the option to join permanently at the start of the season. That option, as first reported by La Provence and confirmed by Romano, will not be exercised, and the Ivory Coast international will thus return to Old Trafford at the end of the season.

So far, the Manchester United centre-season back’s with Marseille has fallen short of expectations. Bailly has only appeared in 19 games this season across all competitions. He was frequently injured and received a seven-game suspension for a chest-high tackle against Hyères in a Coupe de France tie that left his opponent in intensive care.

Bailly has lost manager Igor Tudor’s trust following his disjointed performance against PSG in the Classique, during which he gave far too much space to Kylian Mbappé (24). The Ivory Coast international has fallen down the centre-back pecking order, and with Leonardo Balerdi (24) returning from suspension, it would be surprising to see him start another game for Les Phocéens.

According to Romano, Bailly will be put on the market, with Manchester United willing to let the player, who cost the club €38 million in 2016, leave this summer.

Eric Bailly joined Olympique Marseille on LOAN Deal

25 AUGUST, 2022

Manchester United announced on Wednesday that central defender Eric Bailly has joined French Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille on loan for the remainder of the season.

Bailly’s contract with United expires in 2024, but Marseille can make his move permanent at the end of the 2022-23 season.

The Ivorian joined United in 2016, but his playing time has been limited in recent seasons, with only three Premier League starts in the previous campaign. This season, he has yet to appear in a game under new manager Erik ten Hag.