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Has Man United defender Eric Bailly made his last appearance under Jose Mourinho?

The Ivorian was hauled off by the manager after just 19 minutes

It’s all fun and games at Man United at the moment, isn’t it?

The Red Devils are seemingly in turmoil under Jose Mourinho, with rumours of in-house disagreements with a couple of his players coupled with a fairly grim run of results.

And then of course, there was those murmurs on Friday that Mourinho was to be sacked by the club this weekend – regardless of the result against Newcastle on Saturday.

It’s all closing in

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It’s all closing in

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But even with the club supposedly rubbishing those reports, it’s hard to see the Special One sticking around at Old Trafford following the clash against the Magpies.

Because amazingly, after just 10 minutes, United were 2-0 down.

A first at home in the Premier League, ever.

To put it plainly, United have absolutely collapsed.

For the first goal, they allowed a throw-in to run through to Ayoze Perez, who picked out the tricky Brazilian Kenedy.

Up against Ashley Young – playing as a right-back here today, for some odd reason – Kenedy skinned the United captain and curled his finish into the far corner.

And for the second, a long cross was controlled in the area by Yoshinori Muto, who wriggled away from Young to drill a low shot straight through David De Gea.

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So, who was to blame for this mess in defence?

Well, it seems Mourinho has picked out the usually reliable centre-back Eric Bailly, by hauling him off in place for Juan Mata after just 19 minutes.

There’s no sign of an injury for the Ivorian, and it could well be the last time we see him play under the Portuguese manager.

What’s even more bizarre is that young midfielder Scott McTominay has seemingly moved into defence next to Chris Smalling, with Mata taking up an attacking position alongside Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

Whatever’s happening at United at the moment, this is just utter madness.

Mourinho opts for Mata to come on

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Mourinho opts for Mata to come on

Bailly shakes hands with the midfielder

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Bailly shakes hands with the midfielder

There’s an awkward hug between the two

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There’s an awkward hug between the two

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