Rio Ferdinand says it was a ‘blessing’ that this Man U star was hurt

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Manchester United went into their Champions League second leg against Paris Saint-Germain hoping for a miracle.

The Red Devils were well beaten at Old Trafford, falling 2-0 to the French giants.

Their task was made harder by the fact a number of their first team stars were missing for the game.

Paul Pogba got himself suspended for the second leg after picking up a late red card at Old Trafford.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team also had an injury crisis, with the likes of Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez all missing the tie through injury.

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But, despite fielding an under-strength eleven, United made a brilliant start to the match.

With just two minutes on the clock, Romelu Lukaku latched onto a wayward pass and cooly put the ball into the back of the net after rounding Gianluigi Buffon.

PSG restored parity 10 minutes later after Juan Bernat tapped in a Kylian Mbappe cross from close range.

But Man United remarkably had the lead going into half-time when Lukaku profited from a disastrous mistake from Buffon.

It really was a crazy first half.

One gamble that Solskjaer made was to put Eric Bailly at right-back.

The Ivorian is a natural centre-back and was given the task of keeping Angel Di Maria and Bernat quiet.

But he failed miserably.

He had a shocker in the first-half and he completely fell asleep for Bernat’s goal.

He lasted just 36 minutes before going off with an injury.

Rio Ferdinand was working as a pundit for BT Sport and he took the opportunity to slate Bailly at half-time, saying his injury was a ‘blessing’.

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“His body language there (for PSG’s goal) is horrendous,” Ferdinand said of Bailly, per the Daily Mail.

“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.

“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.”

Ouch. To be honest, there are probably a lot of Man United fans that share the same feelings.

Another man that was critical of Bailly’s performance was Gary Lineker.

The former England striker took to Twitter to say that Bailly and Thilo Kehrer had put in two of the worst displays from a right-back in Champions League history.

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