Mourinho unsure whether Eric Bailly is ready for Manchester United

The 22-year-old was the Portuguese's first signing in a £25m deal from Villarreal but the former Chelsea boss admits he isn't certain that the defender can immediately adapt
Jose Mourinho admits he’s unsure whether new Manchester United signing Eric Bailly is ready for the Premier League.

The 22-year-old was the Portuguese’s first signing as United boss, joining in a deal from Villarreal which could cost up to £25 million.

Bailly had played just 35 games in La Liga before his move to United.

And while Mourinho believes the centre-back has the quality to become a success, he is unsure whether the Ivory Coast international can instantly adapt.


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“I could compare him with some players I had previously but I don’t want to do it because the boys play for other clubs," the United manager told MUTV.

"He’s a player we believe has all the attributes. Very strong physically, he's very fast. It’s not so easy to find a fast player when you are quite a big body, a heavy guy, a tall boy.

"He comes from a Spanish culture where the first building-up phases are important, so technically he's very good.

"In some periods he played a right-back and because he played as a right-back which demands more by the attacking point of view, so it's for a central defender to play as a right-back.

"My only question mark is a question mark I have to help him delete it, which is a question mark for somebody who has never played for such a big club, with so many responsibilities, with so many expectations.

"So is Eric ready to come here and start performing from day one? I don't know. It's a question mark, my job is to delete the question mark as soon as possible, and to make him a player with stature, brain and personality to play for Manchester United."