Eric Bailly has taken a swipe at Harry Maguire by accusing Manchester United of “favoring” English players in team selection.
Bailly made just seven appearances for United in all competitions last season and has been handed a loan to Marseille for the remainder of this season after telling the club he wanted to leave in the summer.
Maguire struggled to find his form last season and after a poor start to the new season, United’s £80m signing of Erik ten Hag for their last four Premier League games, including the 3-1 Win against Arsenal, benched Sunday.
Bailly took aim at Maguire in April by endorsing a comment on Instagram from a fan urging Ralf Rangnick to ditch the United captaincy and back the Ivorian alongside Raphael Varane.
And now, for the first time, Bailly has spoken publicly about how he felt some United players took it for granted that they would start games regardless of their performance in previous games.
“The club should avoid favoring English players and give everyone a chance,” Bailly told the Times.
‘[The club should] Encourage competition in the dressing room and don’t just pay attention to a few. I’ve always had the feeling that the national player comes first.
“That doesn’t happen at Chelsea or other big Premier League clubs. Some assume they’re starting and that weakens the team. Happily [Erik] Ten Hag has a lot of character and I hope he can change that dynamic.
“I met Erik Ten Hag in the dressing room at the end of last season when he signed his contract.
“I packed my things because I wanted to go but he told me he wanted me to stay because he would give everyone minutes.
“I agreed to do the summer tour with United and he kept his word, but I don’t want to play off and on. I want to do it every week and I feel important. I want to regain my confidence.’
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