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Bailly cannot stop Everton extend lead

31 Jan 2017
Eric Bailly, Manchester United

Defender returns to Manchester United as they lose to league leaders Everton

Eric Bailly's return could not stop Manchester United slipping to a 3-1 defeat against Division 1 leaders Everton at Leigh Sports Village, in a match of four penalties.

The central defender played 58 minutes in his first United appearance of 2017 after playing for Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations .

Everton's Liam Walsh had an early spot-kick saved by Joel Pereira before Courtney Duffus put the visitors ahead.


Josh Harrop fired a United penalty over the bar before Demi Mitchell converted from the spot to equalise.

However, substitute Bassala Sambou scored twice, his second a penalty, to give Everton three points that extended their lead over Manchester City at the top to six points and left United in mid-table.

See: PL2 Division 1 table

Both teams are back in action next Monday, with United travelling to face Derby County at St George's Park and Everton hosting Arsenal at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.

See: Everton report

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