Eric Bailly.

Senior pair make comeback in Under-23s

Friday 10 January 2020 21:24

Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah made their long-awaited comeback after knee operations to help Manchester United's Under-23s to a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United on Friday night.

Both have been sidelined all season but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has welcomed them back into training recently and promised they would get a first run-out in Premier League 2 to step up their rehabilitation.

Bailly played at centre-back while Fosu-Mensah operated in a deep-lying midfield position.

Bailly's overhead kick Video

Bailly's overhead kick

Watch Eric Bailly go close with a spectacular attempt...

Ivory Coast international Bailly was his usual uncompromising self as he was a physical, imposing presence at the heart of the back four.

He was unlucky not to score with an ambitious overhead kick that deflected wide for a corner in the 21st minute but was also thankful to central defensive partner Di'Shon Bernard, who made a spectacular clearance when Bailly made a rare error with a misplaced pass.

Fosu-Mensah showed good drive and energy and was involved in the build-up to the opener, an own goal by Jude Swailes. The Dutchman had a shot blocked on the edge of the box but it came out to Teden Mengi, whose drive was deflected in by Magpies defender Swailes.

The former Ajax man demonstrated his blistering pace three minutes after the interval, going it alone on the break from deep inside his own half, but his shot was flipped over the top by keeper Jake Turner.

Fosu-Mensah's fine run Video

Fosu-Mensah's fine run

An amazing burst of pace by Tim Fosu-Mensah almost produced a goal on his comeback...

Fosu-Mensah was withdrawn for Dylan Levitt, himself back after an enforced spell on the sidelines, in the 58th minute.

Three minutes later, Bailly made way for full-back Reece Devine, with Mengi shifting across to cover his place.

It is hoped both senior players will soon be available for selection by Solskjaer.

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