Solskjaer provides injury update on Eric Bailly after Watford victory


Eric Bailly was injured for Manchester United against Watford on Saturday night when he was forced off the pitch after clashing with Dean Henderson.

He started United’s FA Cup third-round game alongside Axel Tuanzebe in defense as the club looked to progress against the Championship opponents.

But manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who heavily rotated his team for the game, was forced into a change just before half-time after two of his players clashed.

The Ivorian received treatment on the pitch before being walked off by the medical staff, and looked to be suffering the effects of the head collision as he appeared dazed.

Solskjaer has now provided an update after the game, saying the problem was with his neck – and that he did not suffer any concussion.

“It’s his neck I think,” Solskjaer said following the 1-0 win. “His head is fine. There is no concussion or anything like that. But we have got to do scans.”

Bailly took to Twitter  following the game to confirm that he was actually fine, as he said: “I am OK. It was just a knock.”

Meanwhile, the recent run of Bailly’s good form has enthused ex-Reds favourite Rio Ferdinand, who believes him to be the ideal partner for Maguire.

“A big thing that has gone under the radar is Eric Bailly,” the United legend said on his YouTube channel FIVE. “He’s added a little bit of pace and steeliness to that back four. My only issue with Eric Bailly has always been his fitness, he can never stay fit.

“He’s always injured or a game away from an injury, and that’s a problem. You don’t get that consistency of performance or get to know each other.

“I think Maguire needs pace next to him, he has other attributes but pace isn’t one of them. In the modern game, to have two centre-backs who aren’t electric quick, you’ve got a problem.

“Bailly has good attributes, he’s quick and aggressive. If he can cut the silly mistakes out which he had previously and gets away from injuries and gets a clean bill of health, I think Manchester United are onto a good thing.”


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