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Manchester United were trailing Newcastle by two goals after Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto scored twice to put the Magpies ahead just after 10 minutes of the game.

A strange thing happened as Eric Bailly was taken off after 17 minutes, with Scott McTominay forced to play as a centre-back.

Jose Mourinho has complained he’s unhappy with his defence and has claimed that he needs an experienced centre-half, and this isn’t the first time Bailly has had an off day this season.

Former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand thinks the end has now come for Bailly at Manchester United after his early substitution.

“I feel sorry for Scott McTominay – he’s a central midfielder being forced to play centre-half,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“And this guy… I don’t see a way back for Bailly.

“Dragged off – the manager stated the last game he doesn’t have defenders who can play the ball out from the back and he’s been made the fall guy here.”

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes also agreed with Ferdinand’s assessment, and lamented that the whole team look short of confidence.

Scholes said: “I agree, I feel sorry for everyone really. You don’t feel angry.

“Sometimes in teams you have one or two players who are out of confidence… the full team looks like that here.

“They’re scared, afraid. They’re not playing the positions well. They just seem all over the place.”

Ferdinand then added: “A team that’s afraid to make mistakes is a worry. That’s a big concern there.”