Eric Bailly has sent a message to supporters following his injury scare during Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Southampton on Wednesday.
The Ivorian, deployed at right back for the second game in a row, received a nasty knock to the back of his knee and ended up hobbling his way through the closing stages.
But Mourinho, speaking after the game, noted that the only injury concern was with Marouane Fellaini, who picked up an ankle knock 15 minutes from time, before confirming that the Ivorian could start against Crystal Palace.
And Bailly has taken to social media to confirm that he was fully focused on the clash with Sam Allardcye’s men – his last game of the season.
I have a new theory about Bailly: the theory states that Bailly is actually a No.10 – a mesmerising, preternaturally brilliant No.10, but when he turned up for trials as a boy the coach took one look at him and went: “Right, you’re a big lad, and there are only three defenders here so you’re going at the back.” And from then on the 23-year-old had no choice but to reluctantly play centre back. This is why he flies into opponents and gets himself sent off – a protest against the footballing system that denied him access to his genuine talent.
And then, against Southampton, he saw his chance: the home side lost the ball just inside their own half and there was Bailly, rampaging towards the goal, pulling out an actual stopover, beating one, beating another before firing straight at Fraser Forster. That was his moment, his chance to show everybody what he was truly about, and he blew it.
Then again, it’s just a theory.