Jose Mourinho endured a nightmare return to Chelsea on Sunday as his Manchester United side were thrashed 4-0 by his former club.
But it gets worse because defender Eric Bailly limped off in the second half and, based on Mourinho’s post-game comments, the Man Utd injury news is not good.
“I am afraid it is a bad injury,” Mourinho told BBC Sport. “It is in his knee, the ligament area. He feels it is really bad.”
Bailly has started 13 of United 14th games this season, instantly becoming a first-team regular following his big-money move from Villarreal in June.
The 22-year-old, who cost United £30m according to BBC Sport, has been one of his side’s best performers during the Mourinho era.
Bailly’s absence could be a big blow for United, especially considered centre-back alternatives Chris Smalling and Daley Blind both made errors that resulted in Chelsea scoring on Sunday.
Ligament injuries often cause players to miss months, rather than weeks.
Therefore, Bailly is likely to be unavailable for United’s upcoming games against Manchester City, Burnley, Fenerbahce, Swansea and Arsenal.