Eric Bailly heading back to Man Utd after Ivory Coast's AFCON exit
Last Updated: 25/01/17 8:08pm
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly could be available for Sunday’s FA Cup game against Wigan Athletic after Ivory Coast were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Elephants had drawn their first two Group C matches, leaving them needing to beat Morocco and former coach Herve Renard in order to advance to the knockout stages.
However, after wasting chances to get ahead before half-time - with Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha and former Chelsea frontman Salomon Kalou both failing to find the net - it was the Atlas Lions who swept into the lead on 64 minutes through Rachid Alioui.
Ivory Coast failed to conjure a way back into the match, as Morocco held out to qualify in second place behind DR Congo, who beat Togo 3-1 in Port-Gentil.
That means centre-half Bailly will soon be available for United once again and that will come as welcome news to Jose Mourinho.
After making a brilliant start to his United career following his move from Villarreal, the 22-year-old has made just two Premier League starts since injuring his knee in a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea on October 23.