Eric Bailly has performed really well in his debut season in England so far and has caught everyone’s attention. However, he feels that he still needs to earn his manager’s trust. Well, it may sound like he is being modest but it sounds sensible. It is encouraging to see a player who is not willing to get carried away with name and fame.
The 22-year old has become a fan favourite because of his good displays on the pitch. He, however, did see his debut campaign hampered by knee injuries he suffered against Chelsea and Crystal Palace. He also put on an impressive showing at the recently concluded African Cup of Nations and after Ivory Coast got knocked out, he returned to United’s starting line-up against Leicester.
Bailly told while talking to MUTV:
“I’ve got straight back into training and now, with a bit more time, I’ve recovered and I’m in good shape fitness-wise. I’m back working with the rest of the lads and feeling good.
He went on to add, “I’m still young, so I need to have game time and to earn the manager’s trust to be able to gain some experience. It’s important for me; it helps me to give my best to help the team. I’m here to seize the opportunities the manager gives me.”
Man United next face Watford at home today and they’ll be determined to win this fixture, having lost 3-1 at Vicarage road earlier in the season. Bailly featured in that game back in September.
Talking about his teammates, he said:
“It’s important to provide an extra boost to all our players – we have extraordinary players who can all bring something to the team,” he said.
“We also need to forget about tiredness – which can be quite important when you play several matches in a row – and everyone needs to give their best.”
When asked about his next battle, a potential face-to-face encounter with M’baye Niang, who joined Watford on loan from AC Milan for the rest of the season and registered a goal and an assist to his name on his debut against Burnley last weekend, he said:
“He’s a good French forward, with extraordinary speed – we’ll watch him closely. He forms a great partnership with [Troy] Deeney, who is strong and very experienced and brings a lot to his team. For me, they will form a deadly attack duo, so we’ll be very careful because they’re a very difficult team to play against.”
Bailly has done well to adapt to his new surroundings after arriving as a young player with huge potential. To see him being grounded and not lose focus is great news for the United faithful. It will be interesting to see if he can cope with the pressure of playing for Manchester United back four.
The Ivorian looks like a deal well done by United and there is no reason as to why he will not succeed at Old Trafford on the long-term.
The signs are bright and positive.