Eric Bailly’s Man Utd future being ‘assessed’ with big decisions on the horizon

Eric Bailly's Manchester United future is being assessed by his representatives – and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side could be left short of defenders if he decides on a January exit.

Injury-hit Bailly has struggled for game time since signing a new deal with the Premier League giants in January this year.

It was hoped he could compete with Victor Lindelof to be Harry Maguire's centre-half partner this season after fighting his way back from his fitness problems.

But Lindelof has been Solskjaer's go-to man, with Bailly having played just two Premier League games and two EFL Cup matches before being sidelined again after his most recent appearance in United's 6-1 thrashing by Tottenham.

And the emergence of Axel Tuanzebe, who excelled in United's Champions League win over Paris-Saint Germain last month, has placed Bailly's United future in further doubt.

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Graziano Battistini is head of Promoesport, the agency which represents Bailly.

He said his client still has plenty to offer United, especially with Solskjaer's side having struggled defensively this season.

But he insisted situation "will need to be assessed" if the 26-year-old's Old Trafford prospects don't improve.

“The experience with the Red Devils depends, as always, on luck, who you meet, on the opportunities," said Mr Battistini.

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“If he has the right chances, for me he can be an important player to solve some problems of the team.

“If all this does not happen, it is clear that the situation will need to be assessed, but now it is too early to say certain things."

Bailly was linked with interest from AC Milan over the summer – and if he were to move during the January transfer window it would leave Solskjaer short in defence.

Lindelof is not seen as the long-term solution at centre-half, with United having previously been linked with the likes of RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and Kalidou Koulibaly as the manager targets a top-class centre-half partner for Maguire.

Mr Battistini added of Bailly: “My Spanish partners who manage him are cautious in all respects, but the boy is very focused on Manchester United.”

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