At the time we acquired Eric Bailly, I genuinely was unsure as to who he was and what Jose Mourinho saw in him. The talents of the centre-back were soon brought to the fore the instant he pulled on our famous red jersey for the first time.
Since day one he’s been impressing, and his style of play really is refreshing to watch. He always plays on the front-foot, gives 100% and is committed to the cause. On top of that, he has bags of pace.
Today, the defender turned twenty-three. Bailly took to social media to thank the fans for no doubt the thousands of messages he has been bombarded with, whilst adding he is ‘very excited’ to spend many more years at this wonderful football club.
Check out Eric Bailly’s tweet below:
Thanks to everyone for all your best wishes on such a special day. ✌🏾Very excited for more years to come as a Red Devil! +23… 🔴 pic.twitter.com/JKNw8r6z5N
— Eric Bailly (@ericbailly24) April 12, 2017
You genuinely just have to love this guy. He just enjoys playing football and it feels like he’s having a truly brilliant time whilst playing for Manchester United.
He really has improved our back four almost single-handedly, which says an awful lot about his mentality considering he is still so young. Bailly has handled the pressure of such a big move excellently, and seriously, all credit goes to him for that.
We have to mention Mourinho here, too. He took the risk to bring in a player that isn’t a big name, and on top of that, he wasn’t afraid to throw him right in at the deep end. Now, Bailly already has two honours to his name (Community Shield & EFL Cup) and is fighting it out for more.