He enjoyed an impressive debut campaign, where he lifted the Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield, but in total, Bailly has played just 113 games in six years for the Reds.
Bailly hasn't had much luck when it comes to injuries, in fairness.
But the experienced centre-back will be hoping to pick up some much-needed minutes at French club Marseille; a team that finished second in Ligue 1 last season.
In fact, he has already notched two clean sheets in two games for Les Phoceens, who gave the former Villarreal man an incredible welcome ahead of his debut.
After saying he felt English players were 'prioritised', the 28-year-old have some insight into a chat with new manager Erik ten Hag.
"The club should avoid favouring English players and give everyone a chance," he said.
"[The club should] encourage competition in the dressing room, not just look out for some. I’ve always had the feeling that the national player was prioritised.
"That doesn’t happen at Chelsea or other big Premier League clubs. Some people take it for granted that they are going to start, and that weakens the team. Luckily [Erik] Ten Hag has a lot of character and I hope he can change that dynamic.
"I met Erik Ten Hag in the dressing room at the end of last season when he went to sign his contract.
"I was packing my things because my intention was to leave, but he told me he wanted me to stay because he was going to give minutes to everyone.
"I agreed to do the summer tour with United, and he kept his word, but I don’t want to play every now and then. I want to do it every week and feel important. I want to get my confidence back."
Eric Bailly 🗣️ “Manchester United should avoid favouring English players and give everyone a chance. That doesn’t happen at Chelsea or other big Premier League clubs. Some people take it for granted that they are going to start, and that weakens the team” https://t.co/1G0l65FEmY— Times Sport (@TimesSport) September 6, 2022
Back in April, Bailly's response to a fan asking Ten Hag to play him more went viral.
In a post on Instagram, a fan asked for the Ivorian to start alongside Raphael Varane during the 2022/23 campaign – a comment that brought the reply: "Please," with a laughing emoji and praying emoji.
Bailly on Instagram 🤣 pic.twitter.com/q9NQD1Wnyp— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) April 21, 2022
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