Eric Bailly and Manchester United

Jose Mourinho reveals why Eric Bailly was dropped for Man United vs West Brom

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has this evening revealed why he decided to opt for Victor Lindelof over Eric Bailly in his side’s starting lineup versus West Bromwich Albion.

Matchup

The two sides are currently locked in action at Old Trafford, with United having come into proceedings fresh off the back of their morale-boosting 3-2 comeback victory over Manchester City in the derby last weekend.

West Brom, meanwhile, had failed to pick up all 3 points in a Premier League outing since the middle of January, with the Baggies’ last match having seen them throw away a second-half lead to draw 1-1 with Swansea City.

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Team

The starting lineups for today’s clash at Old Trafford were announced an hour prior to kick-off, with a couple of surprises having been present in the XI of hosts United.

Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly, who were both expected to be handed starts, were left out by Jose Mourinho, with the latter not even taking his place on the bench.

‘Suited to his qualities’

Speaking in an interview with the Red Devils’ official website a short time ago, Jose Mourinho revealed the reasoning behind his decision to leave Bailly out this evening, citing the superior technical qualities of Victor Lindelof, as well as the hectic upcoming fixture list of his side:

‘A decision again. Victor played the match against Swansea at home and it was very suited to his qualities.’

‘Normally, we are going to have more of the ball and, normally, it’s when we need somebody from the back to add extra technical quality in the middle of the back [four].’

‘We have three matches in a week. Bournemouth in a few days [Wednesday night] then Spurs after a few days again. In that semi-final, they are having one day extra to us to recover so I need also to think about that.’

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