Arsenal handed massive blow in their pursuit for £30m Man Utd star

February 8, 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reassured Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly over his Red Devils future and told the star he is in contention to start in crunch matches until the end of the season.

Bailly has made 69 appearances for the club since signing from Villarreal in the summer window of 2016.

The injury-prone defender has started just one Premier League match under Solskjaer after being sent off against Bournemouth the previous month.

Bailly was heavily connected with a loan move during the January transfer market, with Premier League rivals Arsenal and French champions Paris Saint-Germain interested in securing his services.

But The Sun say Ole has held talks with Eric when the caretaker coach made it clear he was a big part of his plans for the rest of the campaign.

It is claimed Solskjaer, who is yet to lose a match as Manchester United interim boss, will consider starting Eric in the Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain next week.

Bailly, a £30 million signing from the Spanish side, started Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Leicester City but Ole admitted he made a ‘sloppy’ start to the EPL clash.