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Man United's Ivorian defender Bailly to have ankle surgery

16 December 2017, 01:43 | Donald Newman

Chris Smalling has been playing ‘amazingly well’ according to Jose Mourinho

Mourinho confident 'amazing' Man Utd star can replace Eric Bailly

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will undergo ankle surgery and could be sidelined for up to three months, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.

A year ago United sold Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton and Memphis Depay to Lyon for a combined £37 million after both fell out of favour during Mourinho's first season at Old Trafford.

The Armenian playmaker has not started a game since the defeat at Chelsea on 5 November and has not been in the matchday squad for the last four games.

"I'm not a big defender of the January market but there are players and situations that sometimes you have the chance to do and you shouldn't lose that chance", he said.

"That is my approach as a manager". Since then, he's appeared in red just once: as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 win against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The striker is set to line up against West Brom on Sunday after scoring a hat trick against United at the Hawthorns in the same fixture in 2013.

"I didn't celebrate either", said Mourinho.

"You react in an emotional way".

"I don't celebrate goals in a very enthusiastic way".

"I control my emotions".

Griezmann has scored seven goals in 18 matches in all competitions this campaign, having netted at least 25 times in each of the past three seasons.

"I'm not acting to the cameras or the fans".

"If a player comes to me and says, "Coach, I have a once in a lifetime chance to play for a certain team, I want to leave".

But in a week in which the behaviour of Manchester City players was in the spotlight after they celebrated wildly at Old Trafford after their derby victory, Mourinho insisted his response was simply an effort to remain on an even keel.

"The next day after City the place was normal as I like it to be".

"I like an emotional balance and that's what I found here (on Thursday)".

"At the beginning, we had some difficulties", Mkhitaryan told the BBC in February. As you can imagine, I don't answer your question.

But in a break of traditional, the Portuguese manager and his coaching staff have been told they can not serve the food.

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