Manchester United star Eric Bailly unhappy with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of Everton
Manchester United star Eric Bailly is reportedly unhappy with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being omitted from the starting XI for recent matches against Liverpool. The Ivory Coast international has endured an inconsistent spell at Old Trafford. And, while he’s impressed this season, injury continues to hold him back.
United have seen Bailly impress when called upon this season.
But despite the Ivory Coast international improving at Old Trafford, he’s still not a regular in Solskjaer’s side.
The Norwegian has often opted to deploy Victor Lindelof alongside Harry Maguire at the back, with the Sweden international one of the first names on the team sheet.
And, ahead of United’s Premier League showdown with Everton on Saturday, the Daily Mail claim Bailly is ‘unhappy’ with his manager behind the scenes.
It’s claimed the former Villarreal star was furious after being left out of the starting XI for recent matches against Liverpool in the Premier League and FA Cup respectively.
The first fixture, at Anfield, ended goalless.
But United were able to emerge victorious in the second showdown at Old Trafford, winning 3-2 with Bruno Fernandes scoring a terrific winner.
The 26-year-old is battling to be fit for the match with Everton after picking up a fresh knock.
Bailly was reportedly a passenger in a car that skidded on ice and collided with a tree sump before the Red Devils’ 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United last week.
He’s had to place a large plaster over an injury to his shin.
And, since then, the African star has found himself on the bench for their last two matches against Arsenal and Southampton.
Whether he’s fit in time for the match against Everton remains to be seen.
But United will go into the game fancying their chances of victory, especially after beating Carlo Ancelotti’s side twice this season already.
Solskjaer’s men picked up a 3-1 win at Goodison Park in November, with Bruno Fernandes scoring twice that day and providing an assist for Edinson Cavani.
And Cavani and Anthony Martial were on target as United beat the Toffees 2-0 on Merseyside in the Carabao Cup, sealing their path to the semi-final of the competition.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer has challenged his players to embrace the fierce competition for places at Old Trafford.
“It’s a sign of a Man United player that takes on the challenge of competition because if you can’t deal with competition and you want to be successful you’re at the wrong place,” said the 47-year-old, whose side currently sit second in the table.
‘Nobody is guaranteed a place in the team like a season-ticket card here.
“You’ve got to perform to be part of the success of Man United. I’ve been part of it myself with strikers coming in and you’ve just got to take the challenge head on.
“I’ve really enjoyed the response I’ve had from the players.
“We’ve signed players that we believe in but that’s also kicked some of the other players up the backside to perform and make sure they keep performing.”
Solskjaer also insisted United wouldn’t be getting carried away.
They won 9-0 in their last top flight match against Southampton, producing an electric display under the lights at the Theatre of Dreams.
And Solskjaer said: “I don’t think anyone will get carried away with the scoreline because we played against 10 men for nearly the full game.
“We’ve not mentioned the game at all really, all the focus has been on Everton.”