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Manchester United's Eric Bailly sustains 'really bad' knee injury

Image: Eric Bailly was taken off after 52 minutes of the defeat at Chelsea

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly fears he has suffered a "really bad" knee ligament injury, according to Jose Mourinho.

The centre-back was hurt tangling with Eden Hazard early into the second half and was taken off after 52 minutes of United's 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho confirmed: "He is injured and I am afraid it is a bad injury. It is in his knee, the ligament area. He feels it is really bad."

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Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho gives his reaction to Sky Sports after his side lost 4-0 to Chelsea

The injury comes as a further, sizable blow to Mourinho after he and his side were humiliated on his first return to Stamford Bridge.

Bailly has been in excellent form since his summer move from Villarreal and, after Mourinho blamed a string of individual defensive errors for United's heavy defeat, Bailly's loss is sure to be felt.

Eric Bailly of Manchester United closes down Diego Costa
Image: Bailly competes with Chelsea's Diego Costa during Sunday's match

United are already without Phil Jones with a knee ligament injury, while Chris Smalling has only just recovered from a muscle problem.

Wayne Rooney also missed the trip to West London with a muscle injury picked up in training on Friday.

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