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Eric Bailly could leave Manchester United

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The defender is finding it hard to get much game time.

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Manchester United central defender Eric Bailly could leave the club if he is not given more chances on the pitch, according to his agency.

The 26-year-old has struggled with injury during his time at Old Trafford, and has failed to seriously improve since his arrival during Jose Mourinho’s first season.

He has occasionally impressed but suffers from the same problems as most of United’s central defence, in that he struggles to stay fit, is poor on the ball, and is prone to making mistakes.

However a handful of recent appearances had shown promise before he suffered another injury, and Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe and Harry Maguire appear to be ahead of him in the pecking order for now.

Graziano Battistini, the head of the player’s agency, said:

“The experience with the Red Devils depends, as always, on luck, who you meet, on the opportunities.

“If he has the right chances, for me he can be an important player to solve some problems of the team.

“If all this does not happen, it is clear that the situation will need to be assessed, but now it is too early to say certain things.

“My Spanish partners who manage him are cautious in all respects, but the boy is very focused on Manchester United.”

United offered the Ivory Coast international to AC Milan in the summer, according to the Sun, but the Italian club were not interested. Instead, Diogo Dalot went to AC Milan on loan, with the Portuguese 21-year-old already linked with a permanent move to the Italian side.

Recent reports have suggested that United will try to sell one or both of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo in order to finance a move for Braga player David Carmo, who could be brought into to operate on the left side of defence.