Eric Bailly was one player through the arrivals door at Manchester United this summer and the 22-year-old’s got the backing of an Old Trafford hero in Nemanja Vidic.
“It’s nice to hear and, from what I’ve seen, he is a very good player,” Vidic told United’s matchday magazine when asked about comparisons between himself and the Ivorian.
“If he keeps going as he is, he will definitely have a great career at United. He’s strong and composed with the ball. He already looks a big signing for us.”
“I think he’s already popular with the fans. Of the signings we’ve had this year, I think he’s the one that has surprised everyone the most.
“He’s 22 years old and he went into the club and looks at home straight away. That’s outstanding for me. We know how many players come to England and need time to adapt and that, for me, is what is so impressive – he’s 22 and he has adapted straight away and showed some confidence which is important.”
Vidic did have a word of warning for Bailly, however, insisting that a positive start does not mean the hard work is done.
“The most important thing for a player of his age is to keep his feet on the ground,” Vidic added. “The first few matches he really performed well and had so many compliments from everyone, but it’s important to stay calm, keep doing what he was doing before and keep improving.