Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides Eric Bailly injury update ahead of Arsenal clash

Eric Bailly missed Manchester United's shock defeat against Sheffield United at Old Trafford
Eric Bailly missed Manchester United’s shock defeat against Sheffield United at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue the ‘unfortunate’ injury which ruled Eric Bailly out of last night’s match against Sheffield United.

The Ivory Coast international had been a revelation since returning to the team last month with United having won six of the seven matches he has featured in since December 23.

Bailly, however, suffered bruising following a collision in training on Tuesday and missed the shock defeat at Old Trafford against Chris Wilder’s side who had won only one game all season prior to last night.

With Victor Lindelof rested due to his ongoing back problem, Axel Tuanzebe was given a rare start at the heart of United’s defence and it was his unfortunate deflection which diverted the ball past David de Gea following Oliver Burke’s shot which handed the Blades a rare three points.

Solskjaer confirmed Bailly would have started had he been fit enough and also revealed he was happy to start Marcus Rashford, despite the England internatioanl limping off against Liverpool last Sunday.

‘Marcus [Rashford] is fine,’ said Solskjaer, whose side face Arsenal on Saturday, prior to the game. Eric [Bailly] was down to play this game but he had a bang yesterday so he’s sore and bruised. That’s unfortunate for him.’

In is post-match press conference, the Norwegian added: ‘Eric had a bang yesterday so he’s sore and bruised, he was out. Brandon (Williams), Amad (Diallo) and Jesse (Lingard) trained this morning so we more or less stuck with the same squad we had the last few weeks.’

Solskjaer was, meanwhile, left to rue a performance that was out of character with side’s recent displays and saw United fail to reconsolidate their position at the head of the Premier League table.

‘It was down to us to put a performance up and we just couldn’t find an opening behind or round or between a very compact and good Sheffield United defence,’ he said.

‘That little spark, that edge, we didn’t have that extra creativity, imagination, the X factor we’ve had. It’s happened, we look at it, agree it is not good enough and go again.’

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