Daley Blind has praised Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of the 2016/17 season insisting he has formed a good relationship with the two new signings.
Bailly, Jose Mourinho’s first signing during this transfer window, endeared himself to Manchester United fans after a stunning display against Leicester City in the Community Shield last Sunday.
Likewise, the big Swede further cemented his status as a fans’ favourite after netting the winner against Claudio Ranieri’s side.
Speaking about Bailly, Blind revealed the pair were starting to understand each other a lot more.
“We talk a lot, obviously more with the hands because I don’t speak French, but a little bit of English,” he said.
“We understand each other, and that’s a good thing.
On Ibrahimovic, Blind said: “Zlatan is also a great guy. He works very hard and shows that he really wants to win – he’s a great person.”
Whilst Henrikh Mkhitaryan had to watch on from the bench, Mourinho’s other two signings made giant steps in the early stages of their United careers against the Premier League champions.
Perhaps Bailly made the most emphatic statement with a swashbuckling display at the back. The Ivorian was an incessant, explosive force, throwing himself into tackles and putting his head in places that most people wouldn’t put their foot. For someone still in the nascent stages of his career, it was something to behold.
As for Zlatan, did anybody really doubt whether he’d deal the decisive blow on his competitive debut? Of course not.
Ibrahimovic and Bailly enter their first season at Old Trafford at opposite stages of their careers, and it will be fascinating to see how they unfold. One thing is for sure: the early stages for both look very, very promising.