#sports activities Man United boss Erik ten Hag insists nationality is ‘not an issue for me’ after Bailly bias claims
Man United boss Erik ten Hag insists nationality is ‘not an issue for me’ when he picks his groups after Eric Bailly accused the membership of ‘favouring English gamers’ fairly than deciding on sides based mostly on capability
- Eric Bailly sparked controversy together with his feedback on United’s choice coverage
- Bailly’s jibe was interpreted as a swipe at fellow centre-back Harry Maguire
- Erik ten Hag allowed the Ivory Coast defender to hitch Marseille on mortgage
Erik ten Hag has insisted nationality doesn’t come into his considering when deciding on his groups after Manchester United defender Eric Bailly sparked controversy by accusing the membership of favouring English gamers.
Bailly took a swipe on the membership, clearly with Harry Maguire amongst these he thinks had been indulged, after becoming a member of Marseille on mortgage for the season and backed Ten Hag to unravel the issue.
‘The membership ought to keep away from favouring English gamers and provides everybody an opportunity,’ mentioned the Ivory Coast centre-half, who joined United for £30million from Villarreal in 2016.
Eric Bailly has accused Man United of ‘favouring English gamers’ fairly than selecting groups on benefit
United boss Erik ten Hag insisted nationality is ‘not an issue for me’ in response to Bailly’s declare
‘Encourage competitors within the dressing room, not simply look out for some. I at all times had the sensation that the nationwide participant was prioritised. That would not occur at Chelsea or different huge Premier League golf equipment.
‘Some individuals take it for granted that they’re going to begin, and that weakens the crew. Luckily, Ten Hag has loads of character and I hope he can change that dynamic.’
Ten Hag, talking at his press convention forward of United’s opening Europa League sport at residence to Real Sociedad on Thursday, mentioned he couldn’t touch upon Bailly’s claims as he was not the supervisor on the time.
But when requested if nationality of gamers was an issue for him, Ten Hag mentioned: ‘Not for me.’
The Ivory Coast defender’s feedback are a transparent jibe at United centre-back Harry Maguire
Bailly fell down the pecking order beneath each Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) and Ralf Rangnick (R)
Bailly was beset by harm issues throughout his six years at United and slipped out of favour as soon as Maguire was signed in 2019, for £80million from Leicester.
Marcus Rashford, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw had been amongst different English gamers to function frequently throughout Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s three years in cost.
Across the final three seasons, nonetheless, Bailly has made solely 20 Premier League appearances. He has two years remaining on his United contract however left for Marseille regardless of encouragement from ten Hag.
Bailly selected to maneuver to Marseille on mortgage with an choice to purchase in the summertime switch window
‘I met Erik ten Hag within the dressing room on the finish of final season,’ Bailly advised the Times. ‘I used to be packing my issues as a result of my intention was to depart, however he advised me he needed me to remain as a result of he was going to provide minutes to everybody.
‘I agreed to do the summer time tour with United, and he saved his phrase, however I do not wish to play from time to time. I wish to do it each week and really feel essential. I wish to get my confidence again.’
Ten Hag additionally confirmed Anthony Martial stays unavailable by way of harm and mentioned Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘prepared’ to start out the Group E conflict with Real Sociedad at Old Trafford.