The Ivorian, along with showing himself to be a superb defender, has established himself as one of the funniest characters in the Manchester United dressing room.
Some of his past antics include wild crutch swinging in the Europa League final, kicking Ibrahimovic’s injured leg before running away, and presenting Sir Alex Ferguson with a stick from Africa.
And while teammates poured in to pay tribute to Zlatan, who will train with his new club LA Galaxy for the first time on Friday, Bailly went about saying bye in a slightly different way.
Zlatan returned to the Man United dressing room on Wednesday to say a final goodbye to his teammates, who have rushed to praise his influence in the dressing room since July 2016, and Bailly was at it again, videoing the 36-year-old – having a chat with Romelu Lukaku at the time – and remarking: “I kill you my friend!”
But Ibrahimovic was able to get his own back, putting the laughing Ivorian in a headlock and reminding him of his jibe on social media. Bailly, for all the chat sent Zlatan’s way, signed off by saying: “Thank you for everything, legend”.
The dressing room seems like a happier place with Bailly, an effortlessly amusing and uplifting character who also happens to be the club’s best defender.
Ahead of the closing stages of the campaign, supporters are still trying to shake off the trauma of Sevilla. The tide of anti-Mourinho sentiment has never been stronger. But in spite of this it seems like the dressing room remains a jovial, united place – and that, to be honest, matters more than the online storm which refuses to abate.