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Eric Bailly aims subtle dig at Erik ten Hag over Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from Man Utd

Eric Bailly aims subtle dig at Erik ten Hag over Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from Man Utd

Eric Bailly left Manchester United during the summer transfer window

Eric Bailly appeared to aim a subtle dig at Erik ten Hag over the manner of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United.

Back in 2016, the Old Trafford club spent a reported fee of £30 million to lure Bailly away from Spanish La Liga side Villarreal.

The Ivory Coast international went on to make 113 appearances for United, scoring once.

During the summer transfer window, United allowed Bailly to leave the club on a free transfer despite having one year left on his contract.

After a disastrous spell at Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas, Bailly left to join former side Villarreal.

Speaking to The Athletic, Bailly appeared to aim a subtle dig at Ten Hag when speaking about the departure of Ronaldo.

He said: “Cristiano Ronaldo returned, the legend coming back.

“He was the best player in the world for me. Even when he returned, Cristiano contributed a lot to the club and a player like Cristiano deserves to feel important. It’s a shame he left in the circumstances he did.”

Ronaldo made his emotional return to United back in 2021 after making the decision to leave Serie A outfit Juventus.


However, Ronaldo’s second stint with the Red Devils ended in a bitter fashion after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.

Speaking about Ten Hag, the Portuguese said: “I don't have respect for him because he doesn't show respect for me. If you don't have respect for me, I'm never gonna have respect for you.”

Bailly also revealed the players he got along with during his time with United.

He said: “I got on with the boys I played with.

“I saw a lot of Victor Lindelof — he lived one minute from my house and spoke Spanish. Harry Maguire was tranquil. I’m glad he’s playing well now; he’s a strong character and he had a difficult time with the English media.”

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Topics: Manchester United, Eric Bailly, Cristiano Ronaldo, Erik Ten Hag, Football