Watch: Man Utd’s Eric Bailly concedes comical penalty on international duty


Eric Bailly has not played for Manchester United since the Europa League final and it showed as he gave away a bizarre penalty in the Ivory Coast’s game with Cameroon.

The international break has provided an opportunity for a number of Premier League clubs’ fringe players to get much-needed minutes, but things didn’t all go to plan for Manchester United’s Eric Bailly.

Since leaving the field during extra-time in his club’s Europa League final defeat to Villarreal, the Ivorian international has featured for his country at the Olympic Games but has yet to return to club action.

Bailly was back in competitive action for Cote d’Ivoire against Cameroon, though, starting at centre-back alongside Wolves’ Willy Boly.

The Ivorians won the World Cup qualifier by two goals to one, with former West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller scoring both, but Bailly almost ruined things for Patrice Beaumelle’s team.

On the hour mark, with the hosts two goals to the good in Abidjan and potentially on track for a comfortable win, Bailly decided to attempt to dispossess Karl Toko Ekambi on the edge of the Ivorian box. He got it wrong. Very wrong.

Thankfully for the United defender, Cote d’Ivoire held on for the three points despite Nicolas Ngameleu converting the penalty, and are in good shape to move into the final round of World Cup qualifying.

With Raphael Varane impressing on his United debut, Bailly was always going to face a challenge to return to the starting line-up at club level, and this might not have helped.

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