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Thursday 8 December 2016

United sweat on Bailly fitness

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, pictured here in action against Chelsea's Diego Costa, suffered a knee injury during the defeat at Stamford Bridge
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, pictured here in action against Chelsea's Diego Costa, suffered a knee injury during the defeat at Stamford Bridge

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is set to undergo a scan to discover the full extent of the knee injury that forced him off against Chelsea.

The 22-year-old summer signing from Villarreal was substituted after 52 minutes of United's 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho confirmed afterwards the centre-back had suffered a knee ligament injury and admitted the initial feeling from United's medical staff was that the problem was 'bad'.

United and Mourinho will be hoping for good news on a player who has only missed one game so far this season. But a serious ligament sprain, or even a tear, could rule the Ivorian out for months rather than weeks.

Mourinho is already planning for Wednesday night's League Cup clash with Manchester City without Bailly.

Bailly is likely to miss Wednesday night's League Cup tie with Manchester City.

Bailly is likely to miss tomorrow night's League Cup tie with Manchester City. Marcos Rojo could come in at centre-back to partner Chris Smalling. Otherwise Luke Shaw could return at left-back with Daley Blind moving back into the centre of defence.

It is understood Shaw is fully fit despite being left out of the squad at Stamford Bridge.

Wayne Rooney is also a doubt to face City after he missed the Chelsea defeat with a thigh injury.

Meanwhile, Ryan Giggs blasted United players for 'swapping shirts and laughing' with their Chelsea counterparts after their humiliating 4-0 defeat.

At the game's conclusion, a number of United players warmly embraced Chelsea players and some swapped shirts, while the pleasantries continued in the mixed zone - where media representatives wait to interview players. "You can get beat in a football match, but then you're getting beat and you're swapping shirts - which is something I don't like, call me old-fashioned," Giggs said.

"If you get beat 4-0, you congratulate the opposition, you thank the supporters and then you get off the pitch. You don't stand around on the pitch, swapping shirts and laughing, with the team that's just beat you."

Chelsea's thrashing of United continued The Reds' abysmal record at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. United have left Chelsea's stadium with all three points on just two occasions this century - in 2002 and 2012.

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