Rio Ferdinand has explained how he feels about Eric Bailly at Manchester United, claiming he’s been Jose Mourinho’s best centre-half this season.
The Ivorian was forced off the pitch in the 1-1 draw with Swansea City midway through the second half at Old Trafford and many believed he’d be out for weeks.
However, he was back in the starting line-up for Man United’s Europa League semi-final first leg with Celta Vigo after making a swift recovery just four days later.
Speaking about his showings, Ferdinand claims he has one of the traits of modern footballers.
“That’s the modern day player nowadays,” he said. “When we played [he and Michael Owen] if a player went off you’d say “right you’re going to be out a minimum of a couple of weeks”, this is going to be a serious injury. But that’s the way it is but we’re just happy to have him back.”
Despite questioning if Bailly needed to come off, Ferdinand has been impressed by his performances.
“He’s been the best centre-half in the team this season,” he added.
Bailly has been solid this season and it would have been a massive blow to have him sidelined, especially while the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw were also out injured.
Many thought it would take him time to adapt to football at Old Trafford but he’s been such a vital player in his debut season in England and hopes are he can continue his impressive displays.