Eric Bailly has launched a sensational attack on Manchester United, accusing the club of ‘favouring English players’ rather than choosing teams on merit.
The 28-year-old Baily made just four Premier League appearances for the Red Devils last season after falling down the pecking order under both Ole Gunner Solksjear and Ralf Rangnick.
Baily was so desperate to play last term he even took to social media to make a plea to start in the defeat at Arsenal in April.
The Ivory Coast international chose to move to Ligue 1 in the summer by joining Marseille on loan, with a £5million option to make the transfer away from Old Trafford permanent if the French outfit qualify for the Champions League.
Baily is now preparing to face Tottenham in their opening Champions League game of the season, but has seemingly hit out at Harry Maguire, who played regularly despite struggling while he failed to get a look in.
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The former Villarreal centre-back is hopeful, however, that what he perceives as favouritism based on nationality will end with Erik ten Hag now in charge at Old Trafford.
‘The club should avoid favouring English players and give everyone a chance,’ Bailly said in quotes carried by reporters in the UK.
‘[The club should] encourage competition in the dressing room, not just look out for some. I’ve always had the feeling that the national player was prioritised.
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