Ivory Coast international, Eric Bailly has not been named in Manchester United’s match-day squad lately, and Jose Mourinho claims it is because the defender is not going to this summer’s World Cup.
Bailly has not featured for Mourinho’s side since falling ill ahead of United’s 1-0 home defeat to West Brom.
But today Mourinho revealed Bailly – has been left out in the cold because, unlike Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof, he is not going to the World Cup this summer.
“There’s no situation,” he said. “He’s fine, no injury, he is one of our five central defenders and honestly my work is not about World Cups and preparing players for the World Cup or giving chances to players at the World Cup.
“But he’s the only central defender whose country is not in the World Cup, so if I have to make a kind of more emotional effective choice to help my players he’s the one I’m not going to help.
“Rojo, Lindelof, Jones, Smalling, all of them are wishing to make the squad for the World Cup and Eric is not under that pressure.
“I try not to [make those sentimental decisions], I try to be a good team manager and that means being a bit cold, a bit selfish but I’m not as bad as that and I still have space for a little bit of feelings.
“So when I look to the other four central defenders fighting for a position in the World Cup, I’m giving less to Eric.”