The 24-year-old made the list along with compatriot and Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier despite his struggles with the Red Devils last year.
The former Villarreal player only made 13 Premier League appearances for the Old Trafford outfit last season and has been limited to eight league games this term
However, Bailly has taken to the social media to applaud his inclusion in the star-studded list which included the 2018 African Footballer of the Year winner Mohamed Salah.
“It is an honour to be selected in the 2018 African Team of the Year,” Bailly tweeted.
“Very happy to be one of the two Ivorians in the XI alongside my dear friend Serge Aurier.”
It is an honour to be selected in the 2018 African Team of the Year. Very happy to be one of the two Ivorians in the XI alongside my dear friend @Serge_Aurier. 🇨🇮— Eric Bailly (@ericbailly24) January 9, 2019
Feeling blessed for this award. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/zS1xtO9lgn
Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur in their next league game on Sunday and Bailly who is still serving his match ban will not be involved.
Others on the list include: Denis Onyango [Mamelodi Sundowns/Uganda], Medhi Benatia [Juventus/Morocco], Kalidou Koulibaly [Napoli/Senegal], Naby Keita [Liverpool/Guinea], Thomas