Viewers of the clash between Manchester United and Watford have heaped praise on the former’s medical team, for their handling of Eric Bailly.
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:
— Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 9, 2021
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 incident pic.twitter.com/lm5CkxOaET
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) January 9, 2021
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:
— Shamoon Hafez (@ShamoonHafez) January 9, 2021
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:
Eric Bailly wanted to carry on after that collision in the first half. Thankfully the Man United medical staff made the decision for him. @MattCritchley1 has the latest from Old Trafford at half-time. #FACup #MUNWAT
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) January 9, 2021
That is a really good move by @ManUtd medics to get Bailly out of the game. We are learning too much about the dangers of concussion and the effects of dementia to take any risks now. The concussion subs can’t come soon enough.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 9, 2021
Right call to take Bailly off if they suspect concussion. It was some blow to the back of the head.
— Matt Little (@matt_little_18) January 9, 2021
Bailly having to come off with a head injury, definitely the right move to avoid potential concussion injuries.
Henderson smashed through him with a knee there, hope it doesn’t take a knock on either players confidence.
— Jonny (@JonnyLeck97) January 9, 2021
Only positive is Bailly should be back soon and United just have a sensible medical team when dealing with head injuries, rather than sending him back out there like the David Luiz incident.
— Jordan (@FourFourJordan) January 9, 2021
Really good move by the medical staff https://t.co/Q77pN58c0K
— Elias 🇸🇪🇳🇴 (@United_Elias) January 9, 2021
Manchester United betting odds, next game:
Manchester United’s latest videos
Team News | Manchester United v Watford | Emirates FA Cup | Manager’s Press Conference
Hear from United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he spoke to the press ahead…
Solskjaer & Pogba react to semi-final defeat | Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City | Carabao Cup
Hear from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and midfielder Paul Pogba after a 2-0 defeat…
Manchester United latest news
Premier League table
|2||Manchester United FC||16||9||33|
|3||Leicester City FC||17||10||32|
|4||Tottenham Hotspur FC||16||14||29|
|5||Manchester City FC||15||11||29|
|8||Aston Villa FC||15||13||26|
|10||West Ham United FC||17||3||26|
|13||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||17||-6||22|
|14||Crystal Palace FC||17||-7||22|
|15||Newcastle United FC||16||-8||19|
|17||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||17||-7||14|
|19||West Bromwich Albion||17||-28||8|
|20||Sheffield United FC||17||-21||2|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||13|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur FC||12|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United FC||11|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City FC||11|
|Calvert-Lewin, Dominic||Everton FC||11|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur FC||10|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||10|
|Zaha, Wilfried||Crystal Palace FC||8|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United FC||8|
|Rashford, Marcus||Manchester United FC||7|
|Ings, Danny||Southampton FC||7|
|Lacazette, Alexandre||Arsenal FC||7|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||6|
|Watkins, Ollie||Aston Villa FC||6|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||6|
|Abraham, Tammy||Chelsea FC||6|
|Grealish, Jack||Aston Villa FC||5|
|Firmino, Roberto||Liverpool FC||5|
|Barnes, Harvey||Leicester City FC||5|
|Soucek, Tomas||West Ham United FC||5|
|Player||Team||Red Cards||Yellow Cards|
|Bellerin, Hector||Arsenal FC||0||6|
|Bissouma, Yves||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||1||5|
|Romeu, Oriol||Southampton FC||0||5|
|Dunk, Lewis||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||1||4|
|Phillips, Kalvin||Leeds United||0||5|
|Cash, Matty||Aston Villa FC||0||5|
|Gallagher, Conor||West Bromwich Albion||0||5|
|Evans, Jonny||Leicester City FC||0||5|
|Kante, N`Golo||Chelsea FC||0||5|
|Milivojevic, Luka||Crystal Palace FC||1||4|
|Egan, John||Sheffield United FC||1||4|
|Hayden, Isaac||Newcastle United FC||0||5|
|Grealish, Jack||Aston Villa FC||0||4|
|Ward-Prowse, James||Southampton FC||0||4|
|Klich, Mateusz||Leeds United||0||4|
|McGinn, John||Aston Villa FC||0||4|
|Reid, Bobby||Fulham FC||0||4|
|Tielemans, Youri||Leicester City FC||0||4|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||0||4|
|Mings, Tyrone||Aston Villa FC||0||3|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur FC||11|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United FC||7|
|Grealish, Jack||Aston Villa FC||7|
|De Bruyne, Kevin||Manchester City FC||7|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur FC||5|
|Robertson, Andrew||Liverpool FC||5|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City FC||4|
|Rashford, Marcus||Manchester United FC||4|
|Ward-Prowse, James||Southampton FC||4|
|Werner, Timo||Chelsea FC||4|
|Adams, Che||Southampton FC||4|
|Harrison, Jack||Leeds United||4|
|Chilwell, Benjamin||Chelsea FC||4|
|McGinn, John||Aston Villa FC||4|
|Cresswell, Aaron||West Ham United FC||4|
|Digne, Lucas||Everton FC||4|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||3|
|Ings, Danny||Southampton FC||3|
|Firmino, Roberto||Liverpool FC||3|
|Sterling, Raheem||Manchester City FC||3|