Eric Bailly splitting opinion of Manchester United staff amid transfer rumours Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Feb 2019 11:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link639Shares Bailly was linked with Arsenal in January (Picture: Getty)Manchester United staff are split on whether Eric Bailly is good enough to succeed at the club, according to reports.The centre-back was hailed as the man to save United’s defence when he was signed by Jose Mourinho, but has seen a drastic decline in form in the last year.Bailly is still considered by many fans as United’s best defender, but has barely played under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he took over. (Picture: Getty)The 24-year-old has started just four games in all competitions under Solskjaer and the Independent claim the United staff at at odds over what to do with Bailly.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHalf of the staff believe Bailly possesses the physicality that has been sorely missing from United’s backline.United’s fragility at the back was laid bare in the 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and the club are targeting a big name addition this summer.But while Bailly may be considered by some as the centre-back to partner the incoming defender, other staff members are concerned about his ‘purer footballing ability’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Bailly is yet to see his fortunes turn around under Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)The signing of a new centre-back will mean the exit of a current Red Devil, and Bailly could be facing the axe.An injury and red card stifled Bailly’s emergence under Solskjaer and speculation was rife in January United were prepared to offload the Ivory Coast international.Arsenal were linked with a move for Bailly, but were reportedly knocked back in their advances as United decided to keep hold of their under-performing defender.MORE: Benfica expect Manchester United target Joao Felix to seal Barca or Real transfer Advertisement Advertisement
Press Association “This will be our third season back in the Premier League. We’ve had two very good seasons in this division, but this season – irrespective of what we’ve brought in – will start just as hard as last season started. “It’s still making sure we start next season’s Premier League in the division – that’s always the objective – but we want to make progress.” Norwich play Braga in a pre-season friendly on Friday in a match which sees Van Wolfswinkel return to Portugal, where he scored freely for Sporting. The Dutchman is still to get off the mark for the Canaries, but an expectant public saw flashes of his ability during an open training session at Carrow Road on Thursday and will hope he can hit the ground running in the Premier League at home to Everton on August 17. “He’s a player that’s always scored goals, but this is the toughest league to do it in,” Hughton said. “It’s been tough for him in pre-season so far. We’ve had some tough games. “It’s a great challenge for him. That’s the reason why we brought him in. “His character can handle it and it’s up to him to make sure that he’s putting himself in the right positions and the right frame of mind to give himself an opportunity. “He’s certainly one that will get himself into the box, he is one who likes to run in beyond. But we’ve got to give him opportunities as well.” Hughton will hope to convert the draws of last season – there were 14 for the Canaries – into wins and much of the expectation for that will land on the new-look strike force. Hughton has not ruled out making further signings before the close of the transfer window on September 2, but feels his squad is close to completion. Asked if he will be making more signings, Hughton said: “Only if it’s right. As regards numbers, we’re probably about the same numbers (as last season). “We’ll go right through to the end of the window. If there are opportunities to improve and they’re right for us, then we’ll endeavour to do so. “At the moment we’re certainly not far away.” Defender Michael Turner was back in training after missing the majority of pre-season, while Bradley Johnson, another long-term injury victim, was also involved. Defender Sebastien Bassong had a minor operation in the summer but could be back to training next week, while left-back Martin Olsson could be involved at Braga following his summer move from Blackburn. “The new players have integrated very, very well,” Hughton said. “We’ve had a good tour of the States and we now have three very tough games before the season starts.” Norwich manager Chris Hughton is eager for progress to be made at Carrow Road in the forthcoming Barclays Premier League, but admits staying in the top flight is the over-riding objective. Hughton has made seven signings so far this summer, including £8.5million striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon and Gary Hooper from Celtic, but believes expectation should remain in check despite 12th and 11th-placed finishes in the last two seasons. “We’re still a club that’s developing,” Hughton said.
INSPIRED by Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, India are on course to take a 2-0 series lead after reducing England to 78-4 in their second innings in Mohali.The tourists trail by 56 runs at stumps on day three of the third Test, with just six wickets remaining and Virat Kohli’s team having only batted once.The sole hope of any meaningful resistance for Alastair Cook’s men appears to be Joe Root, who will resume on 36 today, alongside Gareth Batty (0 not out).Beginning the day on 271-6, India reached 417 all out, a lead of 134. Jadeja built on an overnight score of 31 to get to a career-best 90, falling just short of a ton when he picked out Chris Woakes at long-on off Adil Rashid (4-118).Ashwin had earlier departed for 72, edging to Jos Buttler trying to drive Ben Stokes (5-73), bringing an end to their stand of 97 for the seventh wicket. The tail continued to wag, though, Jayant Yadav (55) supplying a valuable first Test half-century as he and Jadeja put on 80.England were then forced to rearrange their top order, Haseeb Hameed unable to bat due to a finger injury, prompting Root to be elevated to partner Cook.The skipper survived two lbw appeals in the space of four deliveries, with one India review overturned and a second from Cook upheld, as he passed Steve Waugh to sit 10th on the list of leading Test run-scorers with 10 934, behind Allan Border.Nothing could save the captain, though, when Ashwin (3-19) bowled him through the gate for 12.Moeen Ali could only add five from 20 deliveries before chipping Ashwin to Jayant at mid-on.Wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel did brilliantly to hold a catch when Jonny Bairstow (15) tried to chop down on a delivery that stayed low from Jayant (1-12).And a final late blow came when Stokes (5) fell victim lbw to Ashwin, a successful review showing the delivery hitting the top of off stump.(Omnisport.com)ENGLAND 1st innings 283 (J. Bairstow 89) INDIA 1st innings (o/n 271-6)M. Vijay c Bairstow b Stokes 12P. Patel lbw b Rashid 42C. Pujara c Woakes b Rashid 51V. Kohli c Bairstow b Stokes 62A. Rahane lbw b Rashid 0K. Nair run-out (Buttler) 4R. Ashwinc Buttler b Stokes 72R. Jadeja c Woakes b Rashid 90J. Yadav c Ali b Stokes 55U. Yadav c Bairstow b Stokes 12M. Shami not out 1Extras: (b-8, lb-4, nb-1, w-3) 16Total: (all out, 138.2 overs) 417Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-73, 3-148, 4-152, 5-156, 6-204, 7-301, 8-381, 9-414.Bowling: J. Anderson 21-4-48-0, C. Woakes 24-7-86-0, M. Ali 13-1-33-0 (nb-1), A. Rashid 38-6-118-4, B. Stokes 26.2-5-73-5 (w-3), G. Batty 16-0-47-0.ENGLAND 2nd inningsA. Cook b R. Ashwin 12J. Root not out 36M. Ali c Yadav b R. Ashwin 5J. Bairstow c P. Patel b Yadav 15B. Stokes lbw b R. Ashwin 5G. Batty not out 0Extras: (b-4, lb-1) 5Total: (for 4 wickets, 38 overs) 78Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-39, 3-70, 4-78.Bowling: M. Shami 7-2-17-0, U. Yadav 1-0-7-0, R. Ashwin 12-3-19-3, R. Jadeja 12-4-18-0, J. Yadav 6-1-12-1.
England and Germany rekindled their old rivalry at the Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night as both sides played out an entertaining goalless draw.Gareth Southgate would be the happier of the two managers after his depleted side was able to hold the world champions who controlled proceedings for the majority of the game. The closest either side came to breaking the deadlock was when Manchester City forward Leroy Sane struck the post with a very good first half effort that rendered England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford helpless.Apart from avoiding defeat, England and manager Southgate were able to hand debuts to Nigerian-born striker Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jack Cork.In the pick of the other friendly games, France beat Wales 2-0 with goals either side of halftime from Antoine Griezmann and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud while Neymar (penalty), Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus were on the scoresheet in a 3-1 victory over Japan. Tomoaki Makino got what proved to be mere consolation for the Asian side.International Friendly Results;Poland 0-0 UruguayEngland 0-0 GermanyFrance 2-0 WalesBelgium 3-3 MexicoUkraine 2-1 SlovakiaUAE 0-1 HaitiJapan 1-3 BrazilPortugal 3-0 Saudi ArabiaRelated