With Victor Lindelof suffering from a lower back injury in recent weeks, Eric Bailly has managed to start in five of United’s last six EPL games but the Ivorian remained a miss for Man United’s win over Liverpool on Sunday.
Man United beat Liverpool at home in the FA Cup and it was the partnership of Maguire and Lindelof who starting in central defence and speaking after the match, Solskjaer confirmed that Eric Bailly was not in the match-day squad due to an injury.
Bailly’s career at Old Trafford has been hampered with constant injuries but this time around, the knock is not serious and he will be fit and available for selection when Man United take on Sheffield in the EPL on Wednesday.
“Eric will be available [to face Sheffield United],” the Red Devils boss told reporters on Sunday.
“It was just a little thing that I didn’t want to risk him today. We had cover on the bench and Victor was ready so there was no point on taking a risk with Eric.
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“He’s fine, there’s no problem. I can’t say if he’s playing or not, but he’s fit and available for selection for Wednesday.”
Lindelof’s recent back troubles mean Ole will not use him in two quick succession games, especially if Eric Bailly is fully fit.
Owing to their current season’s form, Sheffield United should not be a major threat which is why the Man United boss will be keeping one eye on their next weekend’s EPL game vs Arsenal.
The Gunners have been in decent form over the past few weeks and it will be interesting to see who gets to play alongside Harry Maguire at the Emirates. For the Blades encounter though, we expect a shuffle in the starting XI meaning Eric Bailly should be replacing Victor Lindelof.