African players abroad United welcome Eric Bailly’s timely return from World Cup qualifiers

Manchester United hope the timely return of Ivorian defender Eric Bailly from the World Cup qualifiers in Africa could help solve problems with the Red Devils’ defence which has been hit by injuries.

In a statement on their website, United said: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been pleased to see Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba at our training base after their recent endeavours for their countries.

“Bailly played in the second of Ivory Coast’s matches, a 2-1 win over Malawi, while Lingard started England’s 5-0 win in Andorra but missed the subsequent 1-1 draw with Hungary at Wembley.”

Bailly created an assist for Nicolas Pepe’s opening goal as Ivory Coast thrashed Malawi 3-1 in a Group G World Cup qualifier at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday.

He will now switch to club duties as United travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on Saturday with first-choice Raphael Varane and captain Harry Maguire ruled out due to injuries.  

United cannot afford to drop more points as they have 14 points from seven games after losing to Aston Villa and being held by Everton in the recent past league games.

Chelsea lead the log table on 16 points from seven games whereas Leicester are struggling, lying on 13th place with eight points from seven games.

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