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Man United faces 3 months without defender Eric Bailly

Man United faces 3 months without defender Eric Bailly

Bailly, so dominant in United's strong start to the campaign, has not played since the start of November after picking up an ankle injury while on global duty with the Ivory Coast.

"He goes to surgery, the decision is made".

United, at least, have been strengthened by the recent return of versatile defender Marcos Rojo, himself out since last April having torn cruciate knee ligaments.

United have eight more points after 17 games than they did at this stage last season, Mourinho's first in charge at old Trafford, but they lie second in the Premier League table - 11 points behind Pep Guardiola's record-breaking Manchester City.

"No league title for many years, no cup title for many years, not even a Champions League quarter-final".

"It was hard but it was good for my development as a manager too which is something that I always try to do".

"My answer always has to be, "the referee has to do his job" but you know that I can not speak about the referee". I had that experience before.

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"In big clubs people look to the history of the club and not the current moment, that is hard".

Asked about Griezmann, who Diego Simeone claimed could soon leave Atletico, Mourinho added: 'I don't speak about players - especially players who belong to other clubs'.

United were heavily linked with Griezmann during the last transfer window, with the 26-year-old hinting he would welcome the switch before committing to Atletico Madrid for the current campaign.

Speaking before Sunday's trip to West Brom, Mourinho said: "If a player is not happy and brings with the request a number we consider good for us, I would never say no".

"I don't like the January market just to buy". But if you can buy one you would buy in June, with the chance a few months before, then great'.

Mourinho said he was confident with his options at the back, however, and that United would be able to cope in his absence.


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