Solskjaer reveals Bailly injury diagnosis
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided an update on defender Eric Bailly, who left the field injured during United's 1-0 victory over Watford on Saturday.
United beat the Hornets to clinch a place in the draw for the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup thanks to Scott McTominay's fifth-minute goal, but were forced into an unexpected change just before half-time when goalkeeper Dean Henderson collided with Bailly.
There were fears that the Ivorian might have suffered some concussion, after Henderson's knee appeared to clatter into his head.
Watch Ole's post-match interview.
But Solskjaer offered a more positive diagnosis while speaking to club media after the game.
"There was no concussion," said the boss. "Apparently it was his neck – a sore neck. But he couldn't carry on, so let's check on him tomorrow."
Good job by the team to advance in the #FACup.— Eric Bailly (@ericbailly24) January 9, 2021
I am OK, it was just a knock. 💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/Ua8oQiV91k
Bailly himself tweeted shortly after the game, saying "Good job by the team to advance in the FA Cup. I am OK, it was just a knock."
Axel Tuanzebe also revealed that Bailly appeared to be in good health, from what he had witnessed in the United dressing room.
"He's fine. He's alright - that's the main thing," said the centre-back. "It's good to see that he's alright. He's a warrior, that's what he does for us – he gets in the way of things. So it's good to see that he's alright and he should be training in the next week or so."
United have a busy week ahead, with Premier League trips to Burnley and Liverpool in the next seven days.
Bailly has started five of our last six games, and drawn significant praise for his performances, so Solskjaer will hope to have the defender available for selection in what could prove an important period of the season.