The Manchester United fans here in the Transfer Tavern are reacting to the news of their star defender being sidelined until 2018.
Eric Bailly has suffered a further setback in his quest to return to first-team action, much to the annoyance of the punters propping up our bar. Indeed, the Ivory Coast defender, signed by Mourinho in 2016, was seen by our regulars as an integral part of the United defence last season, and one of the first names on the team sheet each week.
This season, Bailly hasn’t featured for the Red Devils since the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at the start of November as a result of an injury. Annoyingly, Mourinho is also without England international Phil Jones, who had a blistering start to this season’s campaign, so you can see why he’s always in such a bad mood. With that in mind, our regulars have noticed that Mourinho has had to mix and match his defence, to try to get as much of a settled back four as he possibly can.
So, having said that, our landlord thinks it’s time for these three United payers to step up to the plate in Bailly absence…
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