Stan Collymore: This is new Man United signing Eric Bailly’s problem
Stan Collymore runs the rule of new Manchester United signing Eric Bailly
Stan Collymore believes Manchester United defender Eric Bailly needs to become less impetuous to blossom at Old Trafford.
The Ivory Coast international has been a big positive for Jose Mourinho so far this season after the centre-half completed a £30m switch to Old Trafford from La Liga side Villarreal in June.
Bailly was named United’s man of the match in their 2-1 victory over Premier League champions Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley earlier this month.
The African was selected as the best player on the pitch in United’s opening top-flight game at Vitality Stadium as the visitors were 3-1 winners against Bournemouth.
Bailly helped the 20-time English champions keep a clean sheet alongside Daley Blind in Friday night’s 2-0 victory over Southampton at Old Trafford.
However, former Liverpool striker Collymore believes there are still aspects of Bailly’s game that need work despite his impressive start to life at United.
“Eric Bailly is a little impetuous at the moment, sometimes a little too eager to get in front of his forward but I haven’t enjoyed a central defender’s display this much since Vinny Kompany’s entrance into the league a few years back,” Collymore wrote in his BoyleSport column.
United also signed Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juventus star Paul Pogba in the summer transfer window.