Manchester United star Eric Bailly and Amad took part in a fundraising football match in Abidjan, Ivory Coast this week.

A number of famous Ivorian footballers were present, including PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, who wore a Manchester United shirt.

He was not the only one. Former Leeds United winger Max Gradel was also present, choosing also to wear a Manchester United kit.

Manchester United face old rivals Leeds on the first day of the new season, looking for a repeat of the 6-2 scoreline from 2020/21.

Gradel played for Leeds between 2010 and 2011 both on loan and on a permanent deal before the then cash-strapped Whites cashed in and sold him to St Etienne.

The winger also had spells with Leicester City and Bournemouth, but it was at Leeds where the fans really took to him.

That’s why this picture seeing him in a Manchester United shirt will strike an unpopular chord with his old supporters. Fan favourite then, perhaps not now.


Gradel, now 33, plays for Turkish side Sivasspor, signing for the club from Toulouse last summer.

He is still an Ivory Coast international, where he plays alongside Bailly and Amad.

While the above picture of Gradel might rattle Leeds fans, he is not a player Manchester United supporters would be interested in as a potential signing at his age. He did have a very impressive 11 goals and 13 assists in the Turkish Super Lig last season though, so credit to him.

Teammate Sangare on the other hand could be a good fit. He was one of the top performing defensive midfielders in the Eredivisie last season and is only 23-years-old.

If you want to see Eric Bailly wearing Paul Pogba’s France shirt at the event, here he is again below…

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