Jose Mourinho confirms key defender won’t be available against West Ham

Manchester United Football Club ended 2016 on a real high, with a stunning come-from-behind victory at home to Middlesbrough. Jose Mourinho’s men more than deserved the three points, and winning the match in that manner must be a massive confidence booster for the whole squad.

However, after the game Jose Mourinho had some bad news for us fans – Eric Bailly will now be leaving to take part in the African Cup of Nations with his Ivory Coast teammates. The manager seems clearly frustrated at the fact he will be unavailable for the West Ham game tomorrow, which is a huge disappointment.

“Bailly is leaving – he goes to the national team,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by Manchester United’s official website. “He has to be with them on 2 January. We asked them for him to be on 3 January but they refused, so he cannot play against West Ham.

“I know that I lose Bailly for a month and I’m going to have Smalling, Rojo and Jones for, I think, eight matches. So I decided to play Eric [against Middlesbrough] and it was good to have him on the pitch because, one-on-one at the back, he’s the best because he’s very fast.”

At the end of the day, Jose Mourinho would have known that the 22-year-old would be missing for about a month due to the AFCON when he signed him. He will be a big miss, because he is one of the fastest defenders in the country and he does have the ability to keep up with those quick strikers.

It sounds a bit snide on the Ivory Coast, but hopefully they have a horrible tournament and get knocked out in the first round; purely so Bailly can come back to us sooner.

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