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.