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Eric Bailly challenge lands studs in opponents chest, he had to go to hospital

Ryan Sidle

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Eric Bailly challenge lands studs in opponents chest, he had to go to hospital

Eric Bailly continued his reputation as a chaotic defender, after getting sent off in the Coup de France for kicking a player in the chest.

Bailly moved to Manchester United from Villarreal in 2016 for around £30 million, as Jose Mourinho's first transfer at Old Trafford.

Despite staying with the club until last summer, he was never really able to hold down a place in the starting XI at the club, due to a lack of fitness or form.

He was always capable of some sublime moments of defending, but they'd usually be accompanied by some absolutely ridiculous mistakes.

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The Ivorian left England for France in last summer's transfer window, initially as a year long loan, joining Ligue 1 side Marseille on a temporary deal.

Whilst United fans might not be missing him right now, he's not exactly given them much reason for them to clamour for his return any time.

On Saturday, Igor Tudor's side faced fourth tier side Hyeres FC in the round of 64 in the Coupe de France, the first round that the Ligue 1 side take part.

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Bailly managed to earn himself a straight red card in the 15th minute, with a karate kick challenge, that Nigel de Jong would have been proud of, straight to the chest of Moussa N'Diaye, who was stretchered off and taken away in an ambulance.

The sending off didn't do much to stop the top flight side against their much lower opponents, with former United forward Alexis Sanchez scoring from a 'questionable' penalty in first half injury time.

It took them some time to wrap things up, but Bamba Dieng eventually doubled the lead for his side, scoring in the 70th minute of the game.

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It's not the first time that he's been unable to control his feet in a challenge, having nearly taken an opponent's head off during a World Cup qualifier with his national team.

United haven't been missing Bailly either this season, with the former Villarreal player moved on following the signing of Lisandro Martinez.

The Argentine star and Raphael Varane have become an excellent centre back partnership, whilst even Luke Shaw has moved to the position with great success.

After moving to the south of France, Bailly blamed the fact that English players were 'favoured' at Old Trafford for the reason he'd failed there.

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Bailly never held down a regular place in United's XI. Image: Alamy
Bailly never held down a regular place in United's XI. Image: Alamy

With their defence improved, Erik ten Hag's side had kept four clean sheets in-a-row, since they returned to action following the World Cup.

That run was ended by Everton on Friday night in the FA Cup, although being more honest it was ended by David de Gea, who somehow let a cross go straight through his legs, with Conor Coady knocking in to an empty net from close range.

However, that wasn't enough for Frank Lampard's team, with Marcus Rashford's' excellent form seeing United over the line and into the fourth round.

Featured Image Credit: RMC/beIN Sport

Topics: Premier League, Ligue 1, France, Marseille, Manchester United, Eric Bailly

Ryan Sidle
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