Manchester United’s versatile new centre back Eric Bailly has all the attributes needed to help bolster their defence next season and will get all the help he needs to develop at the club, manager Jose Mourinho has said.
Bailly, who turn the Lusitanian double-decker is beginning signing at the Old Trafford golf-club after connecting from Villarreal final calendar month, realise 47 visual aspects for the La Liga incline final time of year as they eat up quaternary and insure a Champions League post.
“He is a player who we believe has all the attributes. He is very strong physically and very fast,” the former Chelsea manager, who replaced Dutchman Louis van Gaal in May, told the club’s website on Wednesday.
“It’s not so easy to find a fast player when you have quite a big body; he’s a heavy guy, a tall boy who’s really fast,” said Mourinho, who was presented at United on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old Ivory Coast player was in a Villarreal back four that conceded only 35 goals in 38 league matches during the 2015-16 campaign and Mourinho is certain he can easily fit at right-back as well as central defence.
“He comes from a Spanish culture where the first phases (of play) are important so technically he’s very good,” the 53-year-old added.
“For some menstruums, he meet right-back and, because meeting in the right-back post needs more from an smiling tip of scene, it is honest for a centre-back to meet some menstruums as a right-back.”
“My solitary inquiry brand at the import is one I have to help oneself him cancel – the inquiry brand of individual who has never played at such a giving golf-club with so many provinces and so many outlooks.
However, Mourinho said he was not sure if Bailly would be ready straight away to play at the level required by United.
“So is Eric ready to come here and start performing from day one? I don’t know. It is a question mark but my job is to delete that question mark as soon as possible and give him the stature, brain and personality to play for Manchester United,” he said.
Bailly also has 15 caps for Ivory Coast and was part of their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations-winning squad.