Eric Bailly arrives back in Manchester wearing leg brace following serious knee injury


Eric Bailly arrived back in Manchester with his knee heavily strapped and wearing a hinge brace after he appeared to sustain a serious injury during Thursday’s pre-season win over Tottenham.

The Ivory Coast international, who has struggled to maintain fitness over the course of his three years at Old Trafford, was stretchered off 10 minutes into the second half after he fell awkwardly, attempting to effect a slide tackle on Heung-Min Son.

‘It’s his knee,’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after the match. ‘We’ve just got to do some scans. It doesn’t look great but let’s see how it goes.’ understands Bailly was already worried about his United future amid the club’s relentless pursuit of Harry Maguire, before enduring another injury setback.

Solskjaer is determined to make the England international part of a new-look defence, but United are struggling to agree a fee with Leicester who value the 26-year-old at £80million.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward skipped United’s pre-season tour of Australia and Asia in an attempt to engineer a breakthrough, but a compromise is yet to materialise.

The potential arrival of Maguire would increase competition for places at the heart of United’s defence, but his potential arrival would be welcomed by Victor Lindelof.

‘I like the competition,’ the Swede told ESPN FC when asked about Manchester United’s pursuit of Maguire. ‘I love it, actually.

‘I think it’s great for a club to have that competition. If you have good players in your position you have to work hard every day, especially in training, and that helps a team to go to the next level as well. ‘For me it’s perfect. I like it. I think everyone at this club wants to be at the highest level.

‘I’m very good friends with them all. In training we compete and then off the pitch we are friends. That’s how it should be.’


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