Eric Bailly comments on staying fit after recent strong run of form

Eric Bailly played more Premier League minutes between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day than he did in the entirety of last season.

Injury problems have plagued the Ivorian’s time at Old Trafford and it is great to see him put a run of games together.

Manchester United fans will hope to see that continue, and Bailly told the club’s official website he hopes his injury problems are finally behind him now.

Bailly shared his frustration about his fitness record and hopes that in 2021 he can stay injury-free and ready to help the team.

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“You need to make your head calm, train and keep going, getting ready to help the team,” said Bailly.

That’s my first mission and I hope I don’t get injured again, you know. The injuries are very difficult for players when they have the good form. It’s very important to be ready to play every game.

“That [playing regularly] is very important for me as before, I’d had difficult moments, but now I’ve come back into the team. I am feeling good, train well and I’ll be ready to help the team. I am fit and I want to play.

There’s a feeling that United fans still haven’t seen the best of Bailly despite the fact he joined the club in the summer of 2016.

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He hasn’t been able to put together a run of games but Victor Lindelof’s injury has handed him an opportunity and so far he’s taken it.

Bailly needs to keep it going for a period of months now, in order to prove the doubters wrong.

He knows how important it is that he stays fit for a prolonged spell now and proves he’s someone Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can rely on.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.