Huge injury boost to Manchester United as star returns to training

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Manchester United star Eric Bailly has returned to training ahead of the clash against Sunderland on boxing day. Bailly missed the clash against West Brom after sustaining an injury against Crystal Palace. It will be interesting to see whether Mourinho opts to reinstate the Ivorian at the center of United’s defence or opts to continue with the Jones-Rojo pairing who have done so well over the past few matches. Bailly played as a right back against Palace but with in-form Antonio Valencia available, it is unlikely that Mourinho will opt for the same option again.

Bailly who will leave for AFCON in January has impressed after his summer transfer to United. United are rumoured to have completed a deal for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof which will mean that Mourinho has 5 central defenders in his squad fighting for just two positions. Although Rojo and Jones have been impressive, they still have to convince Mourinho that they can perform in the big matches and Jones especially needs to prove that he has put his injury troubles behind him.

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