Man United medical staff praised as Eric Bailly hauled off vs Watford


Viewers of the clash between Manchester United and Watford have heaped praise on the former’s medical team, for their handling of Eric Bailly.

Man United medical staff praised as Eric Bailly hauled off vs Watford

McSauce on target

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are currently locked in action with the Hornets at Old Trafford.

The clash marks the respective sides’ FA Cup season opener, as the heavyweights of English football take their place in the country’s oldest cup competition.

Hosts United of course headed into proceedings in search of a bounce-back performance, having been completely outplayed en route to an exit from the League Cup at the hands of Manchester City during the week.

And, as things stand, bounce back is precisely what the Red Devils are poised to do.

A solitary goal, netted by Scott McTominay, currently separates the two sides at the Theatre of Dreams.

With just 5 minutes on the clock, Alex Telles’ whipped corner from the left was met by captain-for-the-day McTominay, who nodded a pinpoint header home off the inside of the visitors’ far post:

Bailly blow

An otherwise positive opening 45 minutes for United, however, was soured on the stroke of the interval.

A delivery into the Reds’ area saw Dean Henderson rise high to snuff out any potential threat.

In the process of punching the ball clear, however, the hosts’ shot-stopper levelled the unfortunate Eric Bailly, who took a knee to the head on the part of Henderson.

Bailly, of course so often sidelined with fitness problems, immediately went to ground, amid concerning scenes which quickly saw a stretcher hauled out onto the pitch.

In the end, the Ivorian did not require carrying off, but in truth, looked some way short of stable in making his way to the sideline.

Bailly, though, is nevertheless said to have made clear his eagerness to reenter the fray:

At this point, however, the Manchester United medical staff stepped in, making it clear that the stopper was in no condition to continue.

In turn, Bailly was swiftly replaced by Harry Maguire, with the decisive decision-making on the part of the Red Devils’ medics, in putting the wellbeing of the former first, having since been widely praised online:

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