Martin Keown on Eric Bailly: He is better than this Man United defender

Martin Keown delivers his verdict on Manchester United defender Eric Bailly

Martin Keown believes that Eric Bailly is a better player than Marcos Rojo and has been impressed by the Ivorian’s start to life at Manchester United.

The defender signed for the Red Devils in the summer transfer window from Villarreal and was a regular fixture in the side before he suffered a knee injury.

However, the centre-half made his return for United in the 2-0 win over Zorya in the Europa League on Thursday night and will now be hoping to hold down a regular spot in the team.

Bailly earned plenty of praise for his performances for United following his arrival at the club, with the Ivory Coast international seemingly adapting to the rigours of the Premier League with ease.

And former Arsenal defender Keown says he has been impressed by what he has seen from Bailly so far this season in a Manchester United shirt.

Keown wrote in his column for The Daily Mail: “He looks particularly quick and mobile.

“Bailly is a better player than Marcos Rojo but Jose Mourinho has praised Rojo and Phil Jones for their performances in recent weeks.

“I don’t think Mourinho takes it well if you are not available. He seems to run out of patience with players who have been injured, such as Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial.

“If I was Bailly, I would be concerned that I wouldn’t be jumping straight back into this team.”

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