Man Utd have two surprising options vs Wolves if Eric Bailly fails late fitness test

Ralf Rangnick praises reaction of Man Utd after Burnley win

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Manchester United could turn to Phil Jones or Nemanja Matic to solve their centre-back injury crisis when they host Wolves in the Premier League on Monday night. Eric Bailly is facing a battle to be fit for the game, while Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have been ruled out of the clash.

Bailly was brought off with just under 25 minutes remaining when the Red Devils defeated Burnley 3-1 last Thursday. The Ivory Coast international appeared to be suffering with a tight hamstring.

Lindelof, meanwhile, wasn’t available for the clash against the Clarets or the match against Newcastle three days earlier after testing positive for COVID-19. The Sweden defender is apparently still recovering from the virus.

Maguire completed the full 90 minutes against Burnley but, according to The Athletic, the United captain was absent from the squad gathering at the Red Devils’ Lowry base and will not line-up against Wolves.

That means Raphael Varane could be United’s only regular centre-back available for the crucial encounter.

Varane was rested against Burnley but was called into action when he came off the bench to replace Bailly.

If Jones is called upon on Monday night, he will make his first Premier League appearance in almost two years.

The 29-year-old last appeared in the top-flight in late January 2020 as he played the full 90 minutes in his side’s shock 2-0 home defeat to Burnley.

He lined-up for the 13-times Premier League champions in a FA Cup victory over Tranmere four days later but hasn’t played for United since.

But interim manager Ralf Rangnick has reportedly been impressed with Jones during training and could be ready to trust the England international against Bruno Lage’s team.

Jones’ selection would certainly pose a risk for Rangnick, however, as the player has played just two-and-a-half matches this campaign – and those were for the under-23 side.

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