Eric Bailly

Loan Watch: Bailly makes Marseille bow

Monday 29 August 2022 09:06

Four on-loan Manchester United players were in action across Europe at the weekend, with two ending up on the winning side and two suffering defeats.

Eric Bailly, who completed his move to Marseille on Wednesday, made his Ligue 1 debut, with the Ivorian replacing Sead Kolasinac to play the final 32 minutes of their away victory over Nice.

The game was already done and dusted by then, with Marseille leading 3-0 thanks to a brace from former United striker Alexis Sanchez and a goal from on-loan Arsenal full-back Nuno Tavares.

Igor Tudor’s now sit second in the table after four games, level on points with leaders Paris Saint-Germain, ahead of Wednesday’s home game against Clermont Foot.

Ethan Laird continued his promising start to life at Queens Park Rangers as he completed the full 90 minutes and provided an assist in a 3-2 win over Watford at Vicarage Road.

Laird’s cross was finished by Chris Willock in the first half to put the visitors 2-1 up, after Ilias Chair and Ken Sema had traded early goals.

Premier League transfer target Joao Pedro levelled the scores just after the break, but Albert Adomah struck a winner and QPR earned the three points which pushes them into the top half of the Championship standings.

Michael Beale’s side are in action again on Tuesday, as Hull City visit Loftus Road.

Dean Henderson saved Harry Kane’s penalty at the City Ground in the Nottingham Forest v Tottenham Hotspur clash – the second spot-kick he’s successfully dealt with already this season.

Henderson could do little to prevent the England captain from scoring in each half though, as Kane drew level with Reds legend Andy Cole in the all-time Premier League goals chart, on 187.

Next up for Forest is a trip to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City on Wednesday.

Alex Telles played the full game as Sevilla’s difficult start to the La Liga campaign continued with a 2-1 defeat at Almeria.

Telles provided a brilliant cross for Oliver Torres to head home on the half-hour mark, but the home side equalised through ex-United forward Largie Ramazani.

Umar Sadiq settled the game 10 minutes into the second half, leaving Sevilla still searching for their first win of the season. They host Barcelona next Saturday.