Eric Bailly insists no Manchester United player is entitled to a starting place under Jose Mourinho.
Bailly was ever present in United’s unbeaten Premier League start to the season prior to being rested for the win over Crystal Palace due to what Mourinho said was “fatigue”.
The centre-back has formed a resilient partnership with Phil Jones, with United conceding just two league goals in the campaign so far.
Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof continue to wait for opportunities on the sidelines, though, and with Marcos Rojo on road to recovery from injury, Bailly is not taking his position for granted.
Asked if competition was good for the defenders, Bailly told United Review: “It’s very important for us, it’s important for the team, it’s important for the manager, and when it’s like that, there is also competition amongst ourselves, so we always have to improve because I don’t think anyone is automatically entitled to their position in that team.”
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