Eric Bailly has spoken out for the first time since being left out for the FA Cup final, insisting Manchester United players had to learn from the mistakes of this season.
The Ivorian only started one of Man United’s final eight games of the season due to Jose Mourinho apparently giving preference to players whose countries were going to the World Cup.
He had to watch from the sidelines at Wembley as Phil Jones‘ defensive mistake allowed Eden Hazard score the goal which ultimately gave Chelsea the win.
Bailly has taken to Instagram to express his disappointment at last weekend’s result and insist that the team would keep working to improve.
Painful as it might be to say, the pieces are in place for a classic Mourinho implosion next season.
He has long since alienated and stultified younger players like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, who were in excellent form at the start of the campaign but now look like shells. He has even started to hit out at players he values like Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini and Bailly. He is, according to reports, even angry at the number of sponsorship commitments players have to make.
The finger is wagging furiously now. Nobody, it seems, is safe from Mourinho’s criticism apart from Mourinho. And maybe Scott McTominay.
Supporters will hope that the World Cup, a series of good signings, a successful pre-season and, above all, some time away for everyone serves to ameliorate the current toxic climate at the club which has been brewing since December.