Eric Bailly blew his first opportunity to impress Manchester United’s interim manager when he was sent off against Huddersfield.
The £30million man (BBC) was impressing against the Terriers when he saw red for a foolish challenge, and he has been suspended for the subsequent three matches.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have been hoping to form a partnership between Bailly and Victor Lindelof. But, for now at least, those chances have been few and far between.
Phil Jones has impressed in Bailly’s absence, and is arguably ahead of the latter in the pecking order. However, Solskjaer has a decision to make for the upcoming FA Cup clash against Arsenal.
With squad rotation vital – especially with Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo unavailable – United are likely to play Bailly in the cup.
A trip to the Emirates Stadium is never easy and Solskjaer will not want to miss out on a chance for silverware. As a result, Bailly could have the ideal chance to impress.
If he can keep Arsenal’s impressive attackers at bay, Bailly can turn his season round.
He could also force Jones out of the team and belatedly impress alongside Lindelof for the foreseeable future.