Rangnick reacts to Bailly's Instagram post wanting to play alongside Varane

Earlier this week, Eric Bailly posted on Instagram, wanting to play alongside Raphael Varane for Manchester United at Arsenal today.

Bailly was snubbed at Anfield on Tuesday night, with Ralf Rangnick choosing to bring Phil Jones in from the cold to add to his back three.

Jones was substituted at half-time, with the score at 2-0, and the return of Raphael Varane means that neither he or Bailly is that likely to play today.

Rangnick was asked about Bailly’s post ahead of the game, and eventually said that he did not know whether it had happened, but if it did, then it should not have done.

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“I’m not on Instagram, I’m not communicating by Instagram, not at all,” said Rangnick when initially asked about the post.

When pressed further, he said: “I’m talking about my players now in the press conference not knowing what has happened.

“This doesn’t make sense but I can only tell you never in my life, I will not in my life be part of Instagram, Facebook or whatever.

“If this is true what you just told me, it’s not the right sign, this should not happen in a football team, no matter what league.”

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Bailly has had a frustrating season, and the way the question was framed in the press conference was that he said he should play ahead of captain Harry Maguire.

Some fans may think that is true but it is quite unprofessional to put it out there in that way, ahead of such a big game.

There have been rumblings from United’s dressing room for most of the season and it is likely that they come from players who are not in the frame regularly.

Bailly’s time at United looks to be over after his Anfield snub, but it remains to be seen what Erik ten Hag thinks of him when he comes in.

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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.