Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd have not had a good few weeks. Indeed, the Red Devils haven’t really had a good season as a whole, with Mourinho facing a very tough spell at the helm.
He’s underperforming as manager, but many of his players are looking very poor, too. Granted, the manager must take some of the blame for that too, but the players themselves must also have the responsibility on their shoulders.
Many of them are paid big money and clearly have bags of natural talent, yet they’ve not shown that at all this season.
One such player is Eric Bailly. Despite impressing early on in his Man Utd career, the Ivorian quickly fell off the wagon, and this season, he’s undoubtedly been one of Man Utd’s worst defenders.
Signed during Jose Mourinho’s first season at Old Trafford, the initial signs were good. He was strong, he was aggressive, and he was consistent in the heart of the defence. He was just what the club needed after a spell of defensive instability.
However, that early period has proven to be the peak of his time at Old Trafford so far. His game has now been dominated by defensive errors, poor positioning and a general lack of quality. No longer the regular that he once was, he’s often found himself cast aside by the very players he was brought in to replace.
Jose Mourinho is perhaps best known for his ability to build defences, but in this instance, he’s been unsuccessful. The Ivorian has failed to develop on his early promise, and when will it be too late for him?
Well, if things continue as they have done, it’s hard to see him sticking around Old Trafford longer than January, but even if he does, you’d imagine that Mourinho will look to bring in more quality in his position – he simply has got to.
Therefore, Bailly may only have a couple of months to prove that he’s the man for this defence, and even that might not be enough. Nothing that he’s done this season has indicated that he’s what the club needs.
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