Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed why Eric Bailly missed the 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield United on Wednesday night.
The defender was in line to partner Harry Maguire in defence, with Victor Lindelof given time off as the club continues to manage his recurring back injury.
The plan was however changed with Axel Tuanzebe slotted in instead for his first Premier League start since October 2019, partnering the captain at the heart of defense.
Speaking just before the match, Solkskjare revealed the Ivory Coast international picked a minor bruise before the match.
“Eric was down to play this game but he got a bang yesterday and is sore and bruised,” Ole told MUTV. “It's unfortunate for him.”
Solskjaer further explained his decision to play Tuanzebe ahead of Lindelof, who was in the starting team against Liverpool in the FA Cup.
“Yes, of course, it is a chance for Axel,” added the manager. “He has been patient. He has played some cup games, [in the] Champions League and now he will get his chance as we wanted to rest Victor again.”
United suffered their sixth home defeat in all competitions this season, which also saw them miss out on moving top of the English Premier League table.
They next face rivals Arsenal, hoping to bounce back to winning ways or risk falling behind in the title race.