Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic share a laugh at Man United training

by Sam Peoples

Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were in good spirits at Carrington this week and shared a laugh as they prepared for their pre-season game against Galatasaray this Saturday.

The friendly, set to take place in Gothenburg, could see Ibrahimovic take to the field in a Man United shirt for the first time.

Both Bailly and Ibrahimovic arrived at Old Trafford this summer, with the former joining for £30m from Villarreal and the latter on a free from Paris Saint Germain.

The two were pictured getting along well during a training exercise earlier on Thursday:



Ibrahimovic and Bailly come to Old Trafford at completely different stages of their respective careers: Ibrahimovic, now 34, has conquered all before him, winning nine trophies in 10 seasons and becoming PSG’s all-time top scorer in just four years.

On the other hand, Bailly, 22, is still something of an unknown prodigy. After an impressive season in La Liga last year, the defender has now made a huge step up in joining Man United.

Moving to such a high profile club can be overwhelming for some, especially with such an astronomical price tag looming over your head. But with Zlatan, Bailly has one of the finest mentors, and to see the two striking up a bond is a positive sign. The 34-year-old’s presence in the dressing room will be an empowering thing for players like Bailly, who will be keen on settling in as soon as possible and adopting the right mentality for a club of United’s size.

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