Eric Bailly has announced his desire to win the Premier League in his first season at Manchester United.
The 22-year-old, signed for £30m from Villarreal back in June, has already made an emphatic impression at Old Trafford, cementing himself in Jose Mourinho‘s starting XI through a string of imposing performances alongside Daley Blind.
Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Bailly made it clear that anything less than winning the league would be a disappointment.
“The objective is to win the league,” says the Ivorian.
“We have this goal in mind. The ideal would be to continue this hard work and be one of the top clubs in the world and there is no reason why we shouldn’t do that.
“The main thing is we set ourselves very high goals and hopefully we will reach them. We can certainly say the intent is there to improve among all players. The will from the players and staff is there.”
“Personally I want to make the most of the opportunity that has been given to me and to make the most of the manager Jose Mourinho‘s, great experience and professionalism.”
It was feared that Bailly – just 22, relatively unproven and from a notoriously less physical league – would take time to settle in at Old Trafford. But not only has the Ivorian taken the Premier League by storm, he has adopted a serial winning attitude that aligns with his bombastic nature on the pitch.
This is, no doubt, a result of the aura instilled by Mourinho. When asked about his objectives for this season, Mourinho is unyielding: the goal is to win the league. Pure and simple. His two predecessors would never give a straight answer, offering platitudes such as: ‘We will try our best’, or ‘It’s a process’. But not Mourinho. The goal is clear, and every player feels the same way.