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United left frustrated as Ivory Coast refuse request to keep Bailly for West Ham clash

Date Posted,December 31, 2016

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted his frustration at losing Eric Bailly to the Africa Cup of Nations earlier than he wanted.

Bailly returned to the United lineup in the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday, in what the Portuguese later revealed would be his final game before the tournament.

United had hoped that the Ivory Coast international – only recently back from a knee injury – would be available for the trip to West Ham, with the club optimistic of delaying his departure by 24 hours.

However, Les Elephants boss Michael Dussuyer has insisted that the 22-year-old join up with his country at the earliest available opportunity – the FIFA-mandated date of January 2.

Ivory Coast have insisted on Bailly’s release (Photo: Man Utd via Getty Images)
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