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Manchester United: Red Devils buoyed by Bailly return

Manchester United have received a timely fitness boost ahead of their UEFA Europa League clash with Granada with Eric Bailly’s return to Manchester.

The Ivorian defender has recently been back in his home country overseeing a period of self-isolation having tested positive for COVID-19.

He has missed the last three matches in all competitions as a result but journalist Jonathan Shrager has suggested on Twitter that Bailly will return to the UK in time for the Red Devils’ UEFA Europa League quarter-final second-leg with Granada.

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His return is, of course, a considerable boost to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has endured huge problems in defence and initially looked to be hampered for the upcoming game at Old Trafford.

Harry Maguire is suspended for the clash having picked up a booking in the first-leg in Spain, whilst Victor Lindelof has been suffering from a persistent back issue throughout the 2020/21 season.

Bailly’s return though allays those worries with the £13.5m-rated centre-back able to partner either the Swede, or indeed Axel Tuanzebe, at the heart of the Red Devils’ defence as the club look to progress to the next round of the competition.

So far, the 27-year-old has not played a great amount with just 15 appearances in all competitions, just eight of those being starts. However, in those games, United have claimed six clean sheets – a figure they will surely be aiming to add to by building on their 2-0 first-leg success in Spain.

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It remains to be seen whether Solskjaer will elect to start the former Villarreal man upon his return but his inclusion in the Manchester United squad for the match gives the Norwegian considerable options and is a huge boost for their chances of progressing in the competition.

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