Eric Bailly in a WHEELCHAIR as he arrives home from United’s pre-season tour… and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits ‘it doesn’t look great’ with defender due for a scan after twisting his left knee
- Manchester United have arrived back in the UK following their pre-season tour
- Although they enjoyed a flawless four-game tour on the pitch, it came at a price
- In the final game of their schedule, against Tottenham, Eric Bailly was injured
- The centre back left the field, visibly upset, on a stretcher and was put in a brace
- On Friday morning, the Ivorian was pictured in a wheelchair at the airport
Eric Bailly appeared to confirm Manchester United fans’ worst fears as he was pictured in a wheelchair at Manchester Airport on Friday morning following his injury against Tottenham.
The centre back was visibly upset in Shanghai on Thursday when he was carried off the field on a stretcher in United’s 2-1 win over Spurs – he later left the stadium on crutches and with a knee brace.
And upon his arrival in the UK, the Ivorian was pictured looking extremely disheartened as he was wheeled through the airport as the squad alighted their flight at Manchester.
Eric Bailly was wheeled through Manchester airport on a wheelchair following his injury
The Ivorian looked visibly dejected as his injury woes at Old Trafford continue
On Thursday, during the game against Tottenham, Bailly was carried off on a stretcher
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his United squad alighted their flight at Manchester Airport on Friday
It is yet another setback for the defender, who since moving to Old Trafford in 2016 has missed 34 games through three separate injuries.
He is due to undergo scans on his left knee following his arrival back in Manchester and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope for good news, given their pursuit of Leicester centre back Harry Maguire appears to have hit an impasse.
After the game against Tottenham, Solskjaer admitted his concern over the extent of the player’s injury.
‘It seems that he’s twisted his knee so we just have to do some scans and checks on him,’ Solskjaer told MUTV after the game.
‘At first sight, it doesn’t look great but let’s see how it goes.’
New signing Daniel James enjoyed an impressive debut while on the tour of Australasia
The future of midfielder Paul Pogba, pictured on Friday, still remains up in the air
United’s pre-season tour saw Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe all fill centre-back berths, however it is understood the club are still heavily pursuing Maguire.
With fewer than two weeks left of the transfer window, Solskjaer, who was pictured arriving with the rest of his squad at Manchester Airport on Friday morning, and the club’s top brass are still actively looking to force through more signings.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward stayed in Manchester while the club were touring Australia and China in a bid to thrash out deals over potential ins and outs at Old Trafford.
By and large, United enjoyed a successful pre-season tour of Australasia, winning all four of their games and conceding only one goal in the process.
While the futures of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku still remain up in the air, Solskjaer will be encouraged by how his side have performed and it will have given him much cause for optimism ahead of the new season.
After touching back down in the UK, the United boss will be keen to ensure his squad are ready to tackle the start of the new Premier League season following a disappointing campaign last term.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who also impressed on tour, poses for photos with fans at the airport