Manchester United defender Eric Bailly terms the comments passed out to him as disrespectful and destructive.
After Sky pundit Graeme Souness issued the verdict that Eric Bailly played a key role in the team’s loss against Brighton last Friday, Bailly decided to tackle the situation instead of letting it pass down the throat.
Souness had reported that the defender didn’t know “if he’s in New York or New Year” after Man United’s shocking defeat on the hands of Brighton.
He didn’t take the comment lightly which he normally does because he found it offensive and not constructive by any means.
“I always take criticism well when they are constructive, when they are there to help and I actually like criticism but in a positive way.”
“But what Graeme Souness said was a little bit disrespectful because it became so personal and it’s not the sort of criticism that can help a young player improve and become a better player.
“Every player at one point of his career goes through a bad time but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the universe. Every player was equally at fault for their poor performance and a single individual cannot be held responsible,” said Bailly.
“Mistakes are meant to be accepted, reviewed and wisely channelised to victory in the next endeavour. What helps a player in this critical situation are constructive remarks and suggestions which would help in the regeneration of a player’s lost confidence and form. Trying to be in the limelight by passing harsh comments never suits a person who themselves have already been in the same state at some point of their career.”
“I think the criticism was a bit harsh, particularly from people who have played the game and have probably made mistakes themselves during their career,”
Bailly further added, “critics would be found everywhere during a player’s journey, however, one should not be perturbed by the negativities passed because they are meant to let down a player’s morale. They won’t hamper nor deter him from his goal of bringing laurels to the team.”
He said that he knows what to do and his main focus would be to set everything aside and prepare himself for the upcoming match against Tottenham on Monday with a smile on his lips.
“So one piece of negativity will not change my goal and my target which is to become a very good player for Manchester United.
“I’m still smiling because I know what I can do. It doesn’t change anything. Sometimes you can have a bad day, the best thing is not to think about it too much, not to let it affect you and focus on the next game and making a positive response.”
Bailly and Man Utd will next take on Tottenham Hotspur, who have started the season perfectly, on Monday night.
Bailly is normally a soft-spoken and calm individual who normally doesn’t react to Criticism, but this reaction clearly indicates that he is equally upset at the team’s loss and that he needs a morale boost at this critical juncture of his career. All hopes are now on him as he assures a promising performance on the field against Tottenham on Monday.
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