Manchester United have had some absolutely brilliant centre-backs on their books over the years, with Rio Ferdinand and Steve Bruce right at the top of that list for me. Now, another defensive icon for Red Devils fans in the form of Nemanja Vidic has spoken out about Eric Bailly.
The ‘Serbian Warrior’ is without a doubt one of the best of his generation. His aggressive, no-nonsense style of play is what he’s known for, and alongside the aforementioned Ferdinand, it was a partnership of dreams.
Now 35 and retired, Vidic has had his say on the 23-year-old defender from the Ivory Coast, whom I would compare to the great Serbian himself.
“I like Eric’s aggression,” Vidic told United. “It is important for a defender. He is young but confident on the ball. Sometimes he gives away some chances but I think it is important to have courage to play at the back. He still has space to improve and he is at a great club where he has all the tools to improve so I believe he is going to be here at the club for many years and hopefully help the club to win trophies.”
At the end of the day, it’s always the same with youngsters. They will make mistakes from time-to-time. Heck, that’s just the nature of the game. It’s all about how the players have learned from that, to ensure they reduce the chances of them making that same error again.
This is certainly high praise indeed, though, and it comes from a man who knows exactly what he is talking about.
United then decided to read the quotes out to Bailly, and he responded in terrific fashion.
“It gives me great pleasure to hear that a legend such as Nemanja Vidic is talking like this about it me, it brought warmth to my heart,” he said, as per ManUtd.com. “He says he likes me but also gives me advice to work hard.
“As he says, I’m young, I’m at a great club and therefore must continue to work hard to improve, as there are lots of things for me to learn. It’s possible for me to help the team and have a great future here in Manchester.”
You just get the feeling that Bailly is loving life at Manchester United. Since day one, I’ve just taken to him. He gets this club, and you can tell he is always working hard to improve on his game.
He really has the potential to be one of the best centre-halves in the world, and the attributes he has just don’t come naturally to everyone. He has bags of pace, great positional awareness, the brains to play out from the back and he is always assured in his tackle. We’re lucky to have him, and I hope he stays at this football club for a very long time.