Young defender Axel Tuanzebe was forced to fill in but he endured a night to forget at Old Trafford.
He came into the team to take on Chris Wilder’s side but he was nothing short of a disaster at the back as the visitors hit back in style, capitalising on a dreadful defensive performance from the hosts to pick up only their second win of the season and cause a stunning upset in the process.
A lapse in concentration saw the Blades take a surprise lead after Kean Bryan’s well-timed header from John Fleck’s corner and then an unfortunate deflection for Oliver Burke’s goal summed up his frustrations.
It was a far cry from his heroics against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and there’s no doubt he will be bitterly disappointed with his individual performance.
Victor Lindelof has also been used across the backline but is suffering from a recurring back injury.
It leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with his options somewhat limited but the United boss could have Bailly available.
Solskjaer confirmed he is fit for the Premier League fixture at Arsenal after missing the midweek defeat due to a knock.
“He’s travelling to Arsenal, yeah,” said Solskjaer. “Apart from that, we didn’t get any other losses from Sheffield United and the players are all fit and raring to go.”
The timing couldn’t be better for Solskjaer, as Bailly has been a colossal at the back since the start of this season, and put in a tremendous shift against Aston Villa a few weeks ago. Bailly blocked one shot, made one interception and completed six clearances – the most out of any player from either side, as per SofaScore.
On his day, it’s fair to say that the 26-year-old is currently one of the best defenders in the Premier League, providing that he is fully fit, with former United manager Jose Mourinho lavishing praise on his former charge after he played through the pain barrier against Liverpool in 2018.
Bailly is far more experienced than Tuanzebe and is a safe bet to start alongside Harry Maguire in the heart of the defence.