Man Utd: Erik ten Hag responds to Eric Bailly about English bias claim | Football


Erik ten Hag took charge of Man Utd this summer after arriving from Ajax (Picture: Getty)

Erik ten Hag took charge of Man Utd this summer after arriving from Ajax (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has responded to Eric Bailly after the defender accused the club of ‘favouring’ English players in team selections.

Bailly made just seven appearances for United in all competitions last season and has been allowed to join Marseille on loan for the remainder of this campaign after he informed the club in the summer that he wanted to leave.

Bailly aimed a dig at fellow centre-back and English team-mate Harry Maguire in April by endorsing a comment on Instagram from a fan who urged Ralf Rangnick to drop United’s captain and partner the Ivorian alongside Raphael Varane.

And the 28-year-old’s recent comments about an alleged English bias at Old Trafford appears to be a new dig at Maguire.

‘The club should avoid favouring English players and give everyone a chance,’ Bailly told The Times on Tuesday.

‘[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 Bailly claims some Manchester United players took their place ‘for granted’ (Getty/PA)

Eric Bailly claims some Manchester United players took their place ‘for granted’ (Getty/PA)

‘I met Erik ten Hag in the dressing room at the end of last season when he went to sign his contract.

‘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.’

Erik ten Hag has now responded to those remarks, saying: ‘I have nothing to say about that because it was last season, I wasn’t in charge, so I don’t know the situation.

Quizzed if nationality would affect his team selection, he added: ‘Not for me.’

United, who are fifth in the Premier League, return to top-flight action on Sunday when they travel to face Crystal Palace.


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