Eric Bailly: I will step up to the Premier League challenge at Man United

by Tanveer Arayan

Eric Bailly has explained why he will step up to the Premier League challenge at Manchester United.

The Ivorian international enjoyed a man-of-the-match performance against Leicester City in their 2-1 victory in the Community Shield.

He is yet to make his Premier League debut after signing from Villarreal for £30m this summer, but has proven he has the potential to succeed.

Speaking about his plans, he insists he wants to stay at United and learn for the long-term future.

“We all know Jose is one of the best managers around. It is a pleasure to learn under him,” he said.

“I hope to continue like that, to keep growing and stay at United in the long term.

“I am OK with the team and little by little and I am getting better.

“La Liga is also a great championship but the Premier League is different

“More direct, more contact. I hope little by little to adapt to this.”

He was Mourinho’s first signing at Man United and has proven his worth after arriving at Old Trafford as a relatively unknown talent.

Bailly faces competition from Daley Blind, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo to parter Chris Smalling in the centre of United’s defence but has gone the perfect way about cementing his place in the first-team.

Hopes are he’ll be able to adapt to life in England in no time and keep up his impressive showings from the pre-season.

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