Manchester United's passed into the quarterfinals of the Europa League with Paul Pogba's goal in his first match after more than a month and a half break due to injury, and the echo of this triumph brought trouble to Old Trafford.
Information is circulating in Britain that Eric Baily is angry with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for "disrespect", and the reason is that the Norwegian did not include him in the team for the rematch with Milan. The player of the Ivory Coast national team was not part of the expedition that traveled to Milan, and instead of Baily, Harry Maguire's partner was Victor Lindelof.
After the match with Milan, Baily complained to the head coach that he felt undesirable in the team, and because of that he was allegedly ready to refuse the possibility to extend his contract with United for another year, which would keep him at the Theater of Dreams until the summer of 2023.
If this is really true, it means that Baily would speed up the process of leaving the club with this move, because United would have practically only the upcoming summers and possibly next winter to earn something on his sale, ie not to leave as a free agent in a year and a half.
Baily as a third option
Baily is mostly the third option behind Maguire and Lindelof this season, and he has only started seven games in the Premier League so far. Until the match with Milan, he was in the mood to discuss a one-year extension of cooperation, but that has now fallen into the water.
All of this contradicts recent statements by Solskjaer, who included the 26-year-old defender in his plans for the future. Since his arrival from Villarreal in 2016, he has recorded over 100 appearances in the Devil's jersey, which is not so much when you take the number of games in one season.
His time at Old Trafford was mostly spent recovering from numerous injuries. As a United player, he was injured 16 times and in that period he missed 531 days of action or 93 games! He scored only one goal. His eventual departure would only speed up United's purchase of a new defender, and months ago, the name of Nikola Milenković was brought into context with the giant from Manchester.
It is certain that if Baily leaves, United will have to sign a new defender. it means that Baily would speed up the process of leaving the club with this move, because United would have practically only the upcoming summers and possibly next winter to earn something on his sale.