It seemed a formality that Eric Bailly would be lining up alongside Victor Lindelof against Leicester, but instead club captain Harry Maguire made a surprise return.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reinstated Maguire who only returned to training the day prior to the King Power clash.

However, following the 4-2 loss to Brendan Rodgers’ side, the Norwegian admitted that starting the former Leicester man was a mistake.

Maguire looked off the pace and the decision from all parties to start him backfired.

But what ramifications could the decision have on Bailly?

Lack of trust in Eric Bailly

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With Raphael Varane and Maguire seemingly unavailable, Bailly looked certain to be making his first Premier League start of the season.

But instead an undercooked Maguire was played ahead of the Ivorian international.

With game time already significantly reduced following Varane’s arrival, this could be a huge knock to Bailly’s confidence.

 

It could also make him consider his long-term future at the club despite only signing a new deal in April.

Realistically, if he can’t get a game when Varane is out and a hampered Maguire is preferred, it could well be that Bailly’s mind is made up and he may seek a January move.

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But with him heading to the African Cup of Nations in January, a move might not come until the summer.

With us out of the Carabao Cup and a daunting fixture list ahead it’s hard to see where Bailly’s next appearance is going to come from.

Bailly and Lindelof kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win away at Leicester under Solskjaer in February 2019, but it seems that United’s manager doesn’t fully trust the former Villarreal man.

Unlike his predecessor Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer has a softer, friendlier relationship and man management style with his players.

But there are signs his man management skills are wilting and his treatment of Bailly will do him no favours.

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