Rio Ferdinand has told Eric Bailly that there is likely to be “no way back” for him in the Manchester United team after the defender was taken off in the first half of the 3-2 win over Newcastle United on Saturday.
The 24-year-old defender lasted only 19 minutes at Old Trafford before he was replaced by Jose Mourinho, with Manchester United having fallen 2-0 down early on.
The Ivorian has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first team this season and he has only started three Premier League games for the Red Devils so far.
Manchester United managed to fight back in the second half and goals from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and substitute Alexis Sanchez helped the Red Devils to claim a thrilling 3-2 win in front of their home fans.
However, speaking at half time during BT Sport‘s coverage of Saturday’s game, Ferdinand underlined his belief that the future for Bailly is now looking bleak at Old Trafford.
“I don’t see a way back for Bailly,” Ferdinand said.
“He was dragged off and the manager stayed in the last game that he didn’t have defenders who can take the ball out from the back. He’s been made he fall-guy here.”
Manchester United will now reflect on their stuttering start to the new Premier League season during the international break, before they return to action with a crunch clash against Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge on 20 October.
Had the Red Devils have lost Saturday’s game, there would surely have been some serious questions about Mourinho’s future at the club following their poor start to the new campaign.
A victory against Chelsea FC later this month would serve to help lift spirits at Old Trafford considerably as they look to somehow claw their way back into the Premier League title race this season.
As well as finding themselves well off the pace in the race for the title as things stand, the Red Devils were also knocked out of the League Cup by lower league side Derby County last month.
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