Manchester United defender Eric Bailly made his first appearance of the season last night.

Bailly started as the Ivory Coast beat Cameroon 2-1 in their CAF World Cup qualification group.

The Group D encounter was won by two goals from former West Ham striker Sebastien Haller.

Bailly played the full 90 minutes, having not taken any part in United’s pre-season fixtures because of his involvement in the Olympics.

This was his first outing since the 5-2 quarter-final exit in Tokyo at the hands of Spain.

If getting through 90 minutes was the good news, then giving away a second half penalty was the bad.

Bailly made a typically over-zealous challenge, making contact with his opponent’s head.


Nicolas Ngamaleu converted the penalty, but Bailly’s men held on for all three points, which he celebrated on Instagram after the game.

He also posted that he was bound for a return to Manchester within hours of the final whistle.

Bailly is unlikely to be involved when United host Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.

The EFL Cup clash against West Ham on 22 September is probably his most realistic opportunity for a first United appearance of the season.

But getting a full match in his legs last night is the next step towards being fully fit and available for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite his lack of pre-season.

And he is clearly wasting no time getting back to Manchester and returning to training.

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