Jose Mourinho talks up new Man United signing

Jose Mourinho has been pleased by what he has seen from Eric Bailly so far at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho has admitted that he has been very impressed with the start to life that Eric Bailly has made at Manchester United.

The defender, who joined the Red Devils from Villarreal earlier in the summer transfer window, was named man of the match as he put in an impressive displays for United in their opening weekend win over Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.

Bailly started the game on the south coast with Chris Smalling missing, and Mourinho has admitted that he has been very encouraged by what he has seen from the Ivory Coast international since his arrival at the club.

Speaking to BT Sport after Sunday’s win over Bournemouth, Mourinho said: “Playing in Spain is different than England. Playing in Villarreal is different than Man United.

“Playing to finish four, five, six in the table is different to trying to win it.

“But he’s showing big personality, which is incredible.

“But I think to be surrounded by organisation makes life easier. And the team was very solid, very compact.

“So we create a habitat of stability. But the reality is that he’s showing great qualities.”

United won their first piece of silverware under Mourinho earlier this month as he guided them to Community Shield glory over Leicester City at Wembley.

MORE: The latest Man United news and views

MORE: The latest Man United player tweets

The Portuguese coach is now preparing his side for their first Premier League home game of the season, when they host Southampton at Old Trafford on Friday night.

Gary Lineker
‘Indisputably’: Gary Lineker raves about Man United star during 3-2 win over Atalanta
Gary Neville
Gary Neville urges Donny van de Beek to leave Man United
Steve McManaman
Steve McManaman: Liverpool FC signing Ousmane Dembele would be 'smart' business
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Screen grab)
Man United 'would kill' to sign Declan Rice from West Ham, declares pundit
Christian Pulisic
Thomas Tuchel updates Chelsea FC fans on Christian Pulisic
Gary Lineker
‘Indisputably’: Gary Lineker raves about Man United star during 3-2 win over Atalanta
Gary Neville
Gary Neville urges Donny van de Beek to leave Man United
Steve McManaman
Steve McManaman: Liverpool FC signing Ousmane Dembele would be 'smart' business
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Screen grab)
Man United 'would kill' to sign Declan Rice from West Ham, declares pundit
Christian Pulisic
Thomas Tuchel updates Chelsea FC fans on Christian Pulisic
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature