Olympique de Marseille defender on loan from Manchester United has accused his parent club of favoring players of English nationality.
The 28-year-old returned to England today to represent the Ligue 1 club in the UEFA Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur and the Ivorian didn’t hold back on his thoughts about the Manchester club.
Baily claimed that Manchester United favored English players in his time at the club which affected his playing time negatively.
“The club should avoid favouring English players and give everyone a chance,” Bailly said per Manchester Evening News via The Times.
“[The club should] encourage competition in the dressing room, not just look out for some. I’ve always had the feeling that the national player was prioritised.”
“That doesn’t happen at Chelsea or other big Premier League clubs. Some people take it for granted that they are going to start, and that weakens the team. Luckily [Erik] Ten Hag has a lot of character and I hope he can change that dynamic.”
Eric Baily only had four Premier League appearances last season, playing a total of just 217 minutes. He played a total of seven games for the club in all competitions.
Despite getting assurances from the new manager, Erik ten Hag, that he will have more playing time this season, Baily decided to go on loan to the French League.
“I met Erik Ten Hag in the dressing room at the end of last season when he went to sign his contract,” Bailly added.
“I was packing my things because my intention was to leave, but he told me he wanted me to stay because he was going to give minutes to everyone.”
“I agreed to do the summer tour with United, and he kept his word, but I don’t want to play every now and then. I want to do it every week and feel important. I want to get my confidence back.”