Eric Bailly has expressed his delight after making a successful return from injury against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The Ivorian picked up a knee injury during Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat to Chelsea in October, with early diagnoses pointing towards a spell on the sidelines until after the African Cup of Nations.
However, to the surprise of many, Bailly returned in time for Man United’s clash with Zorya and produced a powerful display at the back.
The 22-year-old sent a message to supporters after United’s 2-0 win in Odessa, hailing the victory whilst registering his enthusiasm after making such a positive return.
Very happy to be back with my team and to have won in the Europa League. ????
Très content d'être de retour. Merci pour toutes vos prières ???????? pic.twitter.com/HW9wuudvYy
— Eric Bailly (@ericbailly24) December 8, 2016
To return a full month earlier than expected from a knee ligament injury is almost miraculous. Then again, this is Bailly we are talking about: young, exuberant and, most importantly, built like a ton of bricks. For those yet to see Bailly in real life, the guy is massive. Scarily big. His legs are like tree-trunks – a valuable attribute for those recovering from knee ligament problems.
His performance tonight was, even following a prolonged spell on the sidelines, hallmarked by sheer intensity. The Ivorian didn’t give Zorya’s front-line an iota of space all evening, giving Jose Mourinho‘s men license to cruise past the Ukrainian side.