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Manchester United defender returns to squad for Hull City visit

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Eric Bailly is available for Manchester United’s Premier League meeting with Hull City on Wednesday night during his pre-match press conference. 

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The Ivory Coast international was expected to be on duty with his country for several more weeks in the African Cup of Nations, but the reigning champions were knocked out at the group stages, meaning the former Villareal defender has returned to his club earlier than expected. Bailly took part in Monday night’s reserve fixture against Everton

His presence will surely strengthen Mourinho’s defensive options, who can now call on Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo in the centre of defence ahead of a busy period that sees United play seven games in the month of February.

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By Kevin T

Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.

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