Rio Ferdinand slams Eric Bailly’s ‘horrendous’ body language in Manchester United’s win over PSG

Eric Bailly looked out of his depth at right-back (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand slammed Eric Bailly at half-time after the defender’s woeful cameo appearance in Manchester United’s stunning win over PSG.

Bailly started out of position on the right side of United’s back four and couldn’t cope as Angel di Maria ran riot in the first half at the Parc des Princes.

The Ivorian allowed Juan Bernat acres of space at the back post for PSG’s equaliser on the night, following Romelu Lukaku’s opener, and was forced off with an injury in the 36th minute.

Bailly’s replacement, Diogo Dalot, went on to play a crucial role in United’s victory as his speculative shot struck Presnel Kimpembe’s arm to earn the visitors their last-gasp penalty.

Asked about Bailly’s display at half-time, Ferdinand told BT Sport: ‘His body language there [for PSG’s goal] is horrendous.

‘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.

Rio Ferdinand was critical of Eric Bailly’s body language (Picture: Getty)

‘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.’

Former United midfielder Owen Hargreaves blamed Bailly for Bernat’s leveller in Paris.

‘Credit PSG it was a good reaction from going 1-0 down,’ Hargreaves said at half-time.

‘They’ve (United) had issues down that right side all half. Bailly needs to step up and get in line with his defenders.

‘The worst part is that in the second phase he’s got to get in there and deal with it, he’s the defender but he doesn’t.’

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