Manchester United's Eric Bailly
Sunday Oct 15, 2017. 13:00
Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly missed Manchester United’s match against Liverpool yesterday due to an unspecified injury.
The Red Devils held their old rivals to a goalless draw in an underwhelming Premier League clash at Anfield.
Jose Mourinho fielded Chris Smalling as Phil Jones’ central defensive partner, with Bailly surprisingly not even named on the bench.
The Potuguese manager revealed that Bailly, along with Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford, picked up knocks during the international break earlier in the month.
"I don't think we have many options," Mourinho told Sky Sports ahead of the game against Liverpool.
"Fellaini was injured with the national team, Bailly was injured with the national team and Rashford was injured with the national team. We don't have many options.
"I never complain about that. I was just mentioning it to you because the next question is maybe 'why is Rashford not playing?', 'why is Bailly not even on the bench?'.
"But, okay, since the moment we know the players we have available, we thought about the match and we thought about our options and we made these decisions."