Solskjaer admits Eric Bailly’s condition ‘doesn’t look great’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer conceded Eric Bailly’s condition “doesn’t look great” after coming off with a knee injury during Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Tottenham.

Despite making it two wins out of two in the International Champions Cup, United’s victory was overshadowed by Bailly’s latest injury blow.

The 25-year-old, who has made just 74 appearances in a Red Devils jersey since arriving from Villarreal in 2016, has struggled greatly with injury problems across the past two seasons.

These troubles even caused Bailly to miss out on a spot in the Ivory Coast’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt this summer.

And the defender’s hopes of a fresh start for the new season appear to have already suffered a blow after just 10 minutes of action on Thursday.

Upon coming on as a substitute in half-time, a stricken Bailly soon required medical attention following an attempt to block Son Heung-min’s offside shot.

While former Villarreal player was stretchered off, photographs showed that his left knee was in a brace.

“It seems that he’s twisted his knee so we just have to do some scans and checks on him, so at first sight, it doesn’t look great but let’s see how it goes,” Solskjaer told MUTV.

As for the match itself, United had 18-year-old Angel Gomes to thank for after he struck an 80th-minute winner in Shanghai, China.

Although Spurs were, arguably, the stronger team in the second half and grabbed a deserved equaliser through Lucas Moura’s deflected effort.

“It was hard, it was hard work. We made it harder than we had to,” admitted Solskjaer.

“In the second half, I thought we didn’t keep the ball so when you’ve got the kick-off and you get a throw-in against you in the corner after 10 seconds, that’s not a great start, is it?

“We wanted to get on the front foot, pass the ball, get on the ball but they made it hard for themselves. Then again, it was a great goal by Angel [Gomes] – a great response and, all in all, the tour has been very good.”

Meanwhile, one player who seems to be thriving at the moment for Red Devils boss Solskjaer is Anthony Martial.

Amid Romelu Lukaku’s uncertain future, the 23-year-old is embracing his new shared centre-forward role with Marcus Rashford and scored for the opening goal.

“He played well. He was unlucky a couple of times when he was played through by Andy [Pereira] – left foot strike [which hit the post],” said Solskjaer.

“I don’t think it’s a foul when he closes the centre-back down too. So great work-out by Anthony, so very happy with his performance.”

United will next take a trip to Solskjaer’s native Norway for a friendly against Kristiansund BK on July 30.

SHANGHAI, CHINA – JULY 25: Anthony Martial of Manchester United scores the opening goal during the International Champions Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at the Shanghai Hongkou Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Di Yin/Getty Images)

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