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Jose Mourinho's Comments On Eric Bailly Should Make Every Man United Fan Very Excited

Jose Mourinho's Comments On Eric Bailly Should Make Every Man United Fan Very Excited
By Mikey Traynor
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Since his arrival at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho has hit all the right notes when it comes to press conferences and interviews, with the overall theme being getting the club back challenging for the title this season.

Mourinho has been moulding the squad into something that will play very differently to what we saw under Louis Van Gaal, and while the signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrick Mkhitaryan have stolen all the headlines, it was the least notable of the confirmed signings so far that made the biggest impression in Jose's first match in charge.

While anyone who saw the game will know that Wigan were fairly awful throughout, Eric Bailly still managed to impress those watching with his playing style, and above all else, his comfort on the ball, and that has inspired his manager to make a very flattering comparison which will no doubt make the fans very excited.

Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane is the type of player talked about in the "dream signing" category for many United fans, but Mourinho believes that Bailly has shown enough promise to follow a similar development trajectory.

I will give him everything to try to make him better, like I did with other central defenders I've had in my hands, like, for example, Varane.

I will try to make him the best I can. He has shown the potential we saw when we decided to buy him. He's a very young boy coming from a completely different environment, but you could see what he is at this moment.

This was the first time he has worn a shirt like the Manchester United shirt. He can't speak English and can only communicate with the ones who are French speakers or Spanish. I wanted to give him more minutes because he needs to play more than others. He needs to feel it and start communicating.


After signing Varane from Lens after just 23 senior appearances, Mourinho fast-tracked the Frenchman into the first team at Real Madrid where he settled quickly and impressed for a defender so young.

The idea of Mourinho doing the same to Bailly, and having the confidence that he can do the same with the Ivorian, is something that every Manchester United fan will enjoy reading.

Here are his individual highlights from his Man United debut, and it's clear to see that he has bags of confidence.



[via Sky Sports]

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