Jose Mourinho has allegedly not made a formal bid for the 22-year-old as he’s happy with his own central defence, as Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo have formed a solid partnership, even though there were concerns at the start of the campaign.
Benfica are interested in inflating the valuation of the player by luring in other potential buyers for his services and creating an auction.
Reports claimed he’d become United’s most expensive defender in a deal worth over £38m, but it seems Mourinho has cooled his interest in the Swede.
Since Jones and Rojo were paired together for the first time in the 3-1 win against Swansea, United have gone unbeaten for 11 games, which is only one short of equalling their best run since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Even though United are set to be without Bailly for a month as he participates in the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast, hopes are he can keep himself fit and cement his place in the starting XI once he returns.