Eric Bailly lying down injured.

Solskjaer provides update on Bailly injury

Thursday 25 July 2019 16:00

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Eric Bailly’s knee injury "doesn’t look great", after the defender had to be carried from the pitch during our 2-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.

The Ivorian, who has had a frustrating time with injuries in recent seasons, picked up the problem within 10 minutes of being introduced as a half-time substitute and he was replaced by Axel Tuanzebe.

Speaking after the game, Ole revealed that at this early stage the prognosis does not look encouraging.
Eric in action against Leeds United last week.
“It seems that he’s twisted his knee so we just have to do some scans and checks on him,” the boss told MUTV, who screened the game live

“At first sight, it doesn’t look great but let’s see how it goes,” Ole added.

Ivory Coast centre-back Bailly was forced to miss this summer’s African Cup of Nations due to a problem he picked up against Chelsea in April, and the 25-year-old was restricted to just 12 Premier League appearances in 2018/19
Thankfully the Reds have plenty of cover in the heart of defence, with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof and Tuanzebe all available for Ole to choose from.

It was the latter two who finished the game against Tottenham, which was decided by Angel Gomes’ late side-footed strike, after Anthony Martial put United ahead in the opening period.

The 2-1 triumph in Shanghai means the Reds have won all four Tour 2019 games and, after beating Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur in our previous International Champions Cup outings, a victory over AC Milan in Cardiff on 3 August could ensure the Reds win the global pre-season tournament.

As with all our pre-season games, Kristiansund v United in Oslo on Tuesday 30 July (18:00 BST) will be shown live on MUTV.