Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is considering whether to sell Eric Bailly in the summer window after becoming increasingly frustrated with the Ivory Coast international, according to the Independent
At the start of May, the Portuguese tactician claimed that his squad selection would be influenced by his players' prospects of playing at the World Cup.
Regarding Bailly's absence from the starting lineup, he explained, as quoted by the Sun
“So if I have to make a kind of more emotional effective choice to help my players he's the one I'm not going to help.
A cause for concern that Eric Bailly was left out of the starting XI, even when deemed fit enough to play. Whatever happened between him and Mourinho has to be put to bed. He’s Manchester United’s best defender by some distance.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) May 22, 2018
“I try to be a good team manager and that means a bit cold, a bit selfish but I’m not as bad as that and I still have space for a little bit of feelings so when I look to the other four central defenders fighting for a position in the World Cup I am giving less to Eric.”
Nevertheless, Bailly once again failed to make the starting lineup against Chelsea at the weekend - despite Smalling's omission from Southgate's squad - and Mourinho is said to have become exasperated at how often he can't pick the Ivorian.
However, Mourinho's decision to not select Bailly since returning from ankle surgery may stem from his absence during the defeat to West Brom in April. The Daily Mail report that Mourinho was irked after Bailly missed the match due to illness, but reported fit for training the next day.
Bailly's future at Old Trafford could be decided imminently, with the Red Devils reportedly targeting Spurs centre back