Gary Neville: This will be Jose Mourinho’s biggest Man United worry
The former Manchester United defender believes Jose Mourinho will be worried about Eric Bailly's fitness
Gary Neville believes Jose Mourinho will be sweating on the fitness of Eric Bailly in Manchester United’s remaining games of the 2016-17 season.
The Ivory Coast international is Manchester United’s only recognised centre-half that isn’t injured following Marcos Rojo’s setback mid-week.
The former Sporting Lisbon star joined Phil Jones and Chris Smalling on the sidelines for Manchester United’s trip to Burnley on Sunday.
Mourinho was forced to partner Bailly with makeshift centre-half Daley Blind, with the pair managing to keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win at Turf Moor.
Manchester United have a Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo on the horizon, while the Red Devils will take on Manchester City at The Etihad on Thursday night.
Speaking to Sky Sports about Bailly’s heightened importance to Manchester United, Neville said: “This will be his biggest worry, probably in every game for the next few weeks – losing Bailly.
“The problem is he can’t take him off. He doesn’t have the luxury. If they scored a third and a fourth, he could have taken a risk. But at 2-0, this is the kind of ground if Burnley get a goal back, it can all go wrong.”
Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney both scored in Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester United are in fifth place in the Premier League table but a point behind fourth-placed Manchester City.