Manchester United defender Eric Bailly close to loan to Marseille

Eric Bailly closes in on loan from Marseille as Manchester United defender moves away from Old Trafford to play more regularly after Erik ten Hag’s signing of Lisandro Martinez pushes him further down the pecking order

  • Bailly dropped out of the central defensive hierarchy at Old Trafford
  • The 28-year-old Ivorian made just seven appearances for United last season
  • Erik ten Hag’s purchase of Martinez from Ajax will further limit his playing time
  • Bailly took the option to sign for French club Marseille on loan

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is set to complete a loan spell at Marseille as the Ivorian seeks more playing time.

The 28-year-old started just three Premier League appearances last season as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then Ralf Rangnick favored Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof in central defence.

Bailly has played no part in United’s first two games of the current season under new manager Erik ten Hag.

Eric Bailly set to sign for Marseille on loan after falling out of favor at Manchester United

The Ivorian played during United's pre-season tour but was not involved in league games

The Ivorian played during United’s pre-season tour but was not involved in league games

With Lisandro Martinez coming from Ajax this summer, Bailly has been pushed even further down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

As a result, he will be loaned out to Ligue 1 club Marseille. United initially wanted to sell Bailly this summer but have now allowed him to leave temporarily.

Bailly has made 113 appearances in total for United since joining from Villarreal in a £30m deal, just as Jose Mourinho took over in 2016.

A regular from his first season, Bailly gradually fell out of favor amid a series of managerial changes and also struggled with injury issues which limited his playing time.

Despite United's defensive issues, Bailly doesn't appear to be turning back under Erik ten Hag

Despite United’s defensive problems, there’s no turning back for Bailly under Erik ten Hag

Summer signing of Lisandro Martinez from Ajax pushed Bailly up the pecking order

Summer signing of Lisandro Martinez from Ajax pushed Bailly up the pecking order

Ten Hag opted for a central defensive duo of Maguire and Martinez in the opening games of the season.

However, both ended in defeat for United, who sit second in the Premier League table.

They lost 2-1 at home to Brighton in their first game of the season before suffering a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Brentford last weekend.

The Reds host Liverpool for their third league game on Monday night.

Advertising



Comments are closed.