Tension at Old Trafford as Man United sweat over fitness of 1 big player ahead of Burnley, Liverpool ties

Tension at Old Trafford as Man United sweat over fitness of 1 big player ahead of Burnley, Liverpool ties

– Eric Bailly was enjoying a meteoric resurgence after his recent injury return

– He has established himself as one of Solskjaer’s key men at United’s heart of defence

– The 26-year-old face a race against time to shake off a neck injury ahead of the Red Devils’ ties against Burnley and Liverpool

– Bailly picked the injury after his own keeper clattered him during Man FA Cup clash against Watford

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Eric Bailly is a doubt for Man United’s clashes against Liverpool and Burnley after he picked a suspected neck injury during his side’s FA Cup win over Watford on Saturday, January 9.

Eric Bailly: Man United sweat over defender's fitness ahead of Burnley, Liverpool ties

Bailly picked the injury after his own keeper clattered him during Man FA Cup clash against Watford. Photo by Martin Rickett.
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Having missed United’s previous fixture against Man City, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drafted the Ivorian in his side’s much-changed squad that faced the Hornets in the third round of the FA Cup.

However, Bailly lasted just 45 minutes of the encounter and had to be withdrawn moments before the break after he was clattered by his own goalkeeper, Dean Henderson.

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SunSport reports the centre-back, who has enjoyed meteoric resurgence since his recent injury return is now a doubt for United’s upcoming game in hand against Burnley and later Liverpool.

The Red Devils, who are joint top of the league standings with Liverpool are looking to use the Burnley clash to open a three-point gap over Jürgen Klopp’s men.

But they may now have to do it without Bailly in a situation that could force Solskjaer turn to the erratic Victor Lindelof to fill the void.

Speaking on the injury, the United boss divulged Bailly will now need further assessment to establish its extent.

“His head is fine. There is no concussion or anything like that. But we have got to do scans,” Solskjaer said.

On his part, the 26-year-old defender took to social media to quell any fears on his fitness, revealing it was “just a knock.”

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“Good job by the team to advance in the #FACup. I am OK, it was just a knock,” he tweeted.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Bruno Fernandes is the latest Manchester United player to lament their ouster from the EFL Cup at the semifinal stage.

The Red Devils suffered a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City courtesy of goals from John Stones and Fernandinho in the second half.

And the Portuguese-born attacker has called on his teammates to step up their game ahead of their FA Cup third-round meeting with Watford FC at Old Trafford his weekend.

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