Paul Scholes delivers ‘nasty’ verdict on Man United signing Eric Bailly

The Manchester United legend was impressed with Eric Bailly's comeback performance

Paul Scholes has explained why he is a big fan of Eric Bailly after the Manchester United defender returned to first-team action in Ukraine on Thursday night.

The Ivory Coast international started his first Red Devils game in midweek after Bailly suffered a serious knee injury during the second half of Manchester United’s humiliating 4-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in October.

Bailly helped the Red Devils ease to a 2-0 win against Zorya Luhansk in their final Europa League group-stage fixture to book their place in the last 32 of Europe’s second-tier competition ahead of Monday’s draw.

The 24-year-old centre-half was the first signing of the Jose Mourinho era after Louis van Gaal’s successor snapped up Bailly in a £30m deal from La Liga outfit Villarreal in the summer transfer window.

Former Manchester United midfielder Scholes reacted to Bailly’s comeback performance in the Europa League after the Ivorian helped to ease Mourinho’s defensive problems.

“He’s a bit frustrated,” Scholes told BT Sport on Thursday night. “I think 10 minutes before he got smashed by somebody, he did a bad tackle before that to get the yellow card and he’s just after a little bit of revenge here, he probably has to be a little bit cuter.

“I quite like a bit of nastiness, to be honest, getting somebody back, right in front of the referee.”

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