Manchester United were able to break their losing streak on Sunday, albeit in unremarkable fashion, with a 1-1 draw to Chelsea that more or less ended their hopes at Champions League football for next season.
The game started off with United on the front-foot, putting in impressive showings and displaying the precise kind of quality that had been lacking in the Everton, Barca, and Manchester City games.
However, Juan Mata’s early goal was equalized by Marcos Alonso, and that was that, as neither team put in the effort to win the game. Despite that, United ended their game with two injuries to worry about, with both Marcus Rashford and Eric Bailly forced to withdraw.
Bailly had only just been recalled to the starting lineup after a long period of recovery, and had to be helped off the pitch. Now, the news is in about the full extent of his injury post-scan, and it isn’t good.
Revealing the news on the club website, a Manchester United statement read: “We can confirm that Manchester United defender Eric Bailly suffered a medial ligament injury on his right knee during Sunday’s Premier League match against Chelsea at Old Trafford.”
The statement went on to outline the bigger selection implications of the 25-year-old’s knock: “The problem means that the Ivory Coast international will not play for the Reds again this season, missing the remaining top-flight matches against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City. Furthermore, Bailly is also now unable to play in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations tournament.”
A setback for both club and country, and one that the player will be deeply unhappy about.
Separate reports had claimed that Bailly was in tears in the United dressing room after his injury, and given that he had only just recovered from a previous knock, the situation is highly unfortunate.