Manchester United: Jose Mourinho Receives Huge Africa Cup of Nations Boost

Manchester United and Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly.
Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly in Bitam, Gabon, January 22. Bailly could return for Manchester United's FA Cup fixture against Wigan on Sunday. Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty

Eric Bailly could be playing again for Manchester United as soon as Sunday's FA Cup tie against Wigan Athletic, following the conclusion of Ivory Coast's Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

The defending champion lost 1-0 to Morocco at Stade d'Oyem in Gabon on Tuesday, dumping it out of a competition it won in 2015 at the group stages.

Bailly, who has impressed for United since his move from Villarreal in the summer of 2016, will now return to José Mourinho's squad immediately, according to Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old's progress has been interrupted, however, by a knee injury which has only allowed him two starts in the English Premier League since the end of October.

United takes a 2-0 lead to KCOM Stadium on Thursday when it faces Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg.