Eric Bailly replies to fan urging Rangnick to pick him vs Arsenal

Eric Bailly was left out of the Manchester United side against Liverpool on Tuesday night, despite Ralf Rangnick going to a back three.

We wrote after the game that his United career effectively looks to be over after that snub, which saw Phil Jones brought into the side instead.

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Jones was thrown to the lions somewhat really; parachuted into a game against an in-form side, in an unfamiliar system.

He looked exhausted during the first half and was substituted at half-time, and it would have been interesting to hear Bailly’s thoughts on that.

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The choice between Bailly and Jones came about because of Raphael Varane’s injury absence but the Frenchman is back in training now.

That means that he is in line to return to the side for the clash with Arsenal, which United have to win to have any chance of maintaining their challenge for a place in the top four.

And one fan on Instagram replied to the post, urging Rangnick to select Bailly alongside Varane in a new-look backline at the Emirates Stadium.

Bailly responded with a one-word message, indicating he would love the chance to get back into the side for the important clash.

The Ivorian has not started a single game for the Red Devils in 2022, and on Tuesday night, his closest chance so far passed him by.

Bailly has hardly played all season, continually overlooked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, before going to the AFCON and returning with a minor injury, having missed a crucial shoot-out penalty to boot.

Bailly though has been fit for the past month but is now below Jones in the pecking order, fifth choice with no real prospect of a reprieve despite Harry Maguire’s poor form.

That means it looks unlikely Bailly will get his wish this weekend, and the unorthodox step of publicly urging his own manager to pick him underlines his frustration and desperation to play.

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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.