How Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo can still save their Manchester United careers

The final international break offers a handy opportunity for Manchester United to turn their attention to the January transfer window.
In truth, United won’t be able to save their season in the mid-season window but Jose Mourinho will want to reshape his squad in pursuit of a top four spot if possible.
To that end, the Telegraph report that he is willing to sell central defensive duo Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo in order to fund a January swoop for an upgrade.
But as Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw have proved this season, it is possible to bring your United career back from the brink under Mourinho; here’s now…

Bailly is United’s most talented defender

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Bailly appears to have lost Mourinho’s trust, but it is likely he will get a game between now and January; he must use it to win it back.
United are conceding goals far more regularly than they were last season and Victor Lindelof is on better form; which points to Chris Smalling as the weakest link.

Smalling is only ever plugging a gap in the United backline; if Bailly can prove he has the temperament to match with his superior physical characteristics, it will be very hard for Mourinho to ignore him.

Rojo must be a reliable backup

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It appears unlikely that Rojo will ever force his way back in and be a first-team regular at United, but he has also seemingly not fallen out with Mourinho.
That makes him a rarity within the United dressing room and Rojo would be wise to follow the example of someone like Ashley Young.
Fill in wherever and wherever, left-back or centre-back and give it his all; his full-blooded approach is arguably his greatest attribute.
The issue is that, much like Phil Jones, his fitness cannot be relied upon and that’s less than ideal for a versatile backup.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.