Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, has frowned Eric Bailly’s Instagram reply to a fan who asked for him to replace Harry Maguire.
Maguire has endured a difficult season, with there having been calls for him to be removed as a captain.
The England defender’s place in the starting XI has also been questioned.
One Instagram user suggested that Bailly should start alongside Raphael Varane at centre-back in United’s next Premier League game against Arsenal in response to a photo of the latter posted on the club’s official account.
Bailly replied directly to the fan in question with the word “Please” followed by a laughing face and prayer hands emoji, which has stirred up controversy.
Rangnick doesn’t approve of Bailly’s approach to trying to get in his team ahead of Maguire, though, as he told reporters in his pre-match press conference: “I’m not on Instagram. Listen, I’m not talking about my players in the press conference not knowing what has happened, it doesn’t make sense. I can only tell you, never in my life will I be part of Instagram.
“If it’s true what you told me, that should not happen in a football club no matter in which league.”