Man United boss provides injury update on €20m-rated defender

The Norwegian manager says Eric Bailly will require further assessment on a suspected neck injury suffered in Man United’s 1-0 win against Watford on Saturday. Man United sealed their passage to the FA Cup fourth round with Scott McTominay’s early header enough to seal the victory.

But only before half-time, Ivory Coast international went down after colliding with Dean Henderson as the Red Devils shot-stopper punched a cross away. Eric received medical attention and looked dazed when walking off the pitch, resulting in him coming off for Harry Maguire.

Speaking after the game at Theatre of Dreams, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was confident that Bailly hadn’t suffered a concussion and admitted the injury seems like a sore neck. ‘There was no concussion,’ the Norwegian manager said. ‘Apparently, it was his neck, a sore neck. But he couldn’t carry on, so let’s check on him tomorrow.’

Bailly took to social media after the game to give fans an update. He said: ‘Good job by the team to advance in the FA Cup. I am OK, it was just a knock.’ Red Devils will be hoping Bailly’s injury won’t keep him sidelined for long with several crunch games just around the corner.

Man United have the opportunity to go top of the PL if they can beat Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday before facing a tough trip to Anfield to take on rivals Liverpool next weekend.

The 26-year-old defender has looked absolutely fantastic since his latest return from injury, he started four straight matches before he was rested in the defeat to Man City, it really wasn’t worth risking the star after his collision in the 44th minute on Saturday night against the Hornets.