Manchester United loanee Eric Bailly was sent off for Marseille in a Coupe de France game on Saturday, hospitalising his opponent with a horror challenge. Bailly summoned his inner Nigel de Jong with a shocking high boot within the early stages of the round-of-64 clash at Hyeres.
Erik ten Hag shipped the 28-year-old off to France for a season of standard minutes, viewing him as fifth in his centre-back pecking order. But his time at Marseille hasn’t gone entirely to plan, with the injuries which have hampered his United profession following him across the Channel.
And a patchy loan spell wasn’t made any higher by his antics this weekend, receiving a red card just quarter-hour into OM’s cup game at fourth-tier Hyeres.
Bailly made a stabbing challenge that may not for the faint of heart, leaving Hyeres midfielder Moussa N’Diaye requiring urgent medical assistance.
It replicated De Jong’s vile challenge on Xabi Alonso early within the 2010 World Cup final, kicking the Spaniard’s ribs stud-first.
N’Diaye has been described as ‘stable’ but was whisked away to hospital in an ambulance for tests because of this of his crunching clash with the United flop.
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Bailly will now serve a suspension, further harming his probabilities of impressing Ten Hag because the Dutchman looks ahead to the subsequent stage of his Old Trafford rebuild.
The Ivory Coast international suffered from thigh and dead leg problems since joining Marseille on a season-long loan.
He began five of Les Phoceens’ Champions League group-stage games, including each clashes with Tottenham Hotspur.
Nevertheless, he has began just three Ligue 1 games this term, missing five through injury and being benched in three.
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With Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane forming a formidable partnership at the guts of Ten Hag’s defence, it’s difficult to see Bailly having a future at United.
One among Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof are expected to go away the club this summer looking for regular football, with the previous more prone to head out of the exit door.
But Bailly is not prone to fill the void. Ten Hag is known to want one other left-sided centre-back as a part of his summer recruitment, so he can be completely happy to sanction two sales.
There’s loads of time for Bailly to salvage his season and fight his way back into the Red Devils boss’ considering. That said, his latest wild antics could possibly be one too many to come back back from.
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