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Jose Mourinho: Why defender Eric Bailly is the man for Manchester United


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was full of praise for Eric Bailly after the defender impressed on his first official game for the club.

The Ivorian produced a very solid defensive performance against Leicester City as the Red Devils battled past the Foxes for 2-1.

The Portuguese admits that there is always a question mark hanging over the head of new players but the 22-year-old passed the test with flying colours.

"Eric [Bailly] is working since day one," Mourinho told reporters.

"He started the pre-season with us, he played matches, he's fit so I knew that with him it's just a question of his personality allowing him this big move from Villarreal to Man United to Wembley.

"It was just that.

"I know the player he is but you always have a little question mark when a player comes from a completely different level and plays his first match for Manchester United officially at Wembley with these responsibilities, without Smalling.

"The way he played I think he was really good but I have to say Daley also gave him the stability he needs.

"He was super comfortable so no doubt that he's a man for us."

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