Rio Ferdinand slams 24-year-old’s display in Man United’s 3-1 win at PSG
The Man United legend was disappointed with Eric Bailly's performance in a 3-1 victory at PSG on Wednesday night
Rio Ferdinand was critical of Eric Bailly’s poor performance in Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils made the trip to the French capital looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of their last-16 tie at Old Trafford last month.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed Bailly a rare start for the opening leg but the Ivory Coast international couldn’t prevent Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe getting on the score-sheet.
The Manchester United interim manager opted to start the African defender at right-back for the second leg but Bailly struggled to contain PSG winger Angel di Maria.
Bailly was partly responsible for Juan Bernat’s equaliser in the 12th minute after Romelu Lukaku had given the visitors a 1-0 lead within 120 seconds.
Diogo Dalot replaced Bailly in the 36th minute after the former Villarreal defender succumbed to injury.
His replacement would go on to win a VAR-awarded penalty in added time and Marcus Rashford finished from the spot to secure a 3-1 win and their place in the Champions League quarter-final draw.
However, Manchester United legend Ferdinand didn’t hold back in his assessment of Bailly’s performance after the game.
“His body language there (for PSG’s goal) is horrendous,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“He doesn’t look like a defender at all. He looks like a midfielder in the back four and somebody who shouldn’t be there.
“Him and Ashley Young haven’t got to grips with this right-hand side. It would have been negligent to leave him on the pitch.
“They’ve had a couple of balls flashed across the box from this side and it just hasn’t worked out. It’s a blessing he’s actually got injured and had to come off.”
Bailly moved to Manchester United in a £30m deal from Villarreal in the 2016 summer transfer window.
The Ivorian star has struggled with form under both Jose Mourinho and his successor Solskjaer this term.