Eric Bailly could forgive him for being a little disappointed with the situation he finds himself in.

After stepping in alongside Harry Maguire in hopes of a spot in Manchester United’s first choice last season, Bailly is now the fourth choice.

Signing a new deal earlier this year, Bailly knew there was a risk the club would sign a new center-back.

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United went big by signing Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Bailly knows the reality of his position.

After returning from the Olympics in a friendly against Burnley this week, Bailly says he’s ready when the team needs him.

Bailly said on the club’s website: “For me the first thing this season is to be injury free, to train well and to wait for my time.

“That’s my mentality. I hope that we will win many, many trophies with the team. “

A weekly fight for Bailly to take part

United didn’t have a center-back on the bench last weekend as nine substitutes were named.

Raphael Varane and Bailly will be available this week, but United might prefer to add just one of them to their 20-man squad on matchdays.

This shows the challenge Bailly is facing this season and he will have to be patient. United also needs to be able to rely on him when he is needed to keep him fit.

Bailly could think about his future in 2022 if he wanted to play regularly and that could be understandable.

On Varane, he was very flattering, commenting: “[He] is a very good player. I think he had ten years in Spain, won a lot of trophies and that is very good for the mentality of the team. “

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