Ivorian Eric Bailly may not be getting any roster call at United just yet with caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now at the helm, but the centre-back still remain a pivotal figure in Manchester United’s backline.
Bailly is fast, and has no-nonsense approach to defending, a trait that has earned him plenty of admiration from United’s fans.
Bailly still smiles till this day over his sudden transfer to United. The Ivorian will always have that etched on his mind.
Bailly joined United from Spanish side Villareal three years ago and says that was one of the biggest moments in his life.
The defender told l’Elephant d’Afrique–a special documentary–his family had never felt any gladder when he dropped the news.
“I was with my mum in the lounge and I told her I was going to sign for United,” Eric said.
“The family came and we talked and everyone was delighted. That day was one big happy time.”
Being a professional player in his native Ivory Coast meant having to pull up your sleeves a little higher as the system was a huge contrast to what was in Europe.
“When I was in the Ivory Coast training centre, we had a small staff, a different system from Europe but they taught us a lot and it was there I realised that with hard work I could make it.” He said.