Manchester United Football Club picked up yet another all-important victory over the weekend, to head into the international break unbeaten. Jose Mourinho has to be pleased with the way the team are playing right now, as we’re going toe-to-toe with Manchester City.
There was one decision in the game which was somewhat baffling to me, as we saw Eric Bailly benched for the Crystal Palace clash. The Ivorian has formed a wonderful partnership alongside Phil Jones at the back, and to see him missing was a slight concern to me.
However, after the game, the self-proclaimed Special One explained his reasoning behind the decision and it certainly makes a lot of sense.
‘The thoughts is I trust everyone, Smalling is the second game in three days.’
‘For Bailly it would be the third game in six [days].’ The manager told reporters, including The Metro.
Given the injuries we’ve picked up over the last few games, you can understand why Mourinho was feeling cautious. Palace were never really going to test us too heavily at the back, so why not rest Bailly and give him a break going into the international period? He’ll come back, fitter, stronger, fresher and hungrier which can only be a good thing.
I guess the most important point is the fact that he’s not injured. It would have been a disaster to lose him, particularly with some huge games just on the horizon…