Manchester United fans were delighted with Eric Bailly‘s display against Borussia Dortmund, despite the 4-1 loss.
The Ivorian, who was Jose Mourinho‘s first signing of this transfer window, put in a powerful and no-nonsense performance against the German side, making various interceptions and thwarting attacks.
Man United fans took to Twitter in order to express their appreciation of Bailly’s confident performance.
Again, only pre-season, but Eric Bailly has slotted in well and looks ever so comfortable on the ball. A really promising defender.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) July 22, 2016
Really like Bailly, very reliable. The kind of guy you'd bring to Vegas. As for Rojo, I'd feel safer if Ted Bundy was my uber driver.
— Pilib De Brún (Phil Brown) (@Malachians) July 22, 2016
Bailly doesn't mess about he's intercepting a lot and looks very strong #Mufc
— ???? Totally Man Utd™ ???? (@TotallyMUFC) July 22, 2016
— Pedram (@Pedramr83) July 22, 2016
Anyways, impressed with Bailly, has slotted in well and looks very comfortable on the ball. And delighted for Shaw, completed 90 mins. #mufc
— Shantanu ???????? (@ShantanuAmbekar) July 22, 2016
I think I might going to enjoy Bailly, had some beautiful moments, too early to fall in love with him but someone to look forward to.
— Franzi ???? (@smooney14) July 22, 2016
There is only so much that can be gauged from a pre-season match but it is becoming increasingly clear that Bailly is an old-school, physically imposing defender. He is reliable and sensible on the ball, positionally acute, surprisingly quick, and, of course, willing to put his head where it hurts.
The 22-year-old must also be admired for his immense stamina. In the 37 degree heat, on a challenging pitch, Bailly seemed to grow stronger as the game went on whilst his teammates faded dramatically in the final 20 minutes.
I’m really looking forward to seeing him play alongside Chris Smalling because it has the makings of a brilliant centre-back partnership and certainly the fastest United have ever had. Although Mourinho was worried about how long it might take for Bailly to settle due to not speaking English, he’s started very well.