Jose Mourinho has only been Manchester United manager for 14 months, but the Portuguese coach has made several brilliant signings for the Red Devils during that time.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku all stand out among Mourinho’s best purchases so far.
However, some United fans might argue that Mourinho’s greatest signing to date was his first after replacing Louis van Gaal last summer.
Few United supporters had heard of Eric Bailly when it was announced the Ivorian defender had completed a £30 million transfer to Old Trafford last June.
However, Mourinho and his scouts had seen enough of Bailly at Villarreal to convince them that he possessed the required tools to shine in the Premier League.
"Eric has the potential to become one of the best around,” Mourinho told reporters, per BBC Sport, after Bailly put pen to paper on a four-year contract.
A season later and Mourinho’s bold prediction has come to fruition.
There aren’t many centre-backs - if any - that United fans would swap Bailly with.
The 23-year-old has been outstanding at Old Trafford and is a firm favourite among the Red Devils’ faithful.
United fan's 14-tweet Bailly thread goes viral
And one fan - the interestingly-named @RooneyOut - has paid tribute to Bailly by posting a 14-tweet thread of some of Bailly’s best moments in a United shirt so far.
Check it out….
Part 1 - Eric Bailly doing funny things
Part 2 - Bailly with some world class defending on show
Part 3 - Bailly taking the piss out of Costa
Part 4 - Here he is trying to start a fight with Vardy for absolutely no reason
Part 5 - Risking his life by kicking Zlatan in the dressing room
Part 6 - Bailly taking man marking to a new level by trying to fuse himself with Bartley
Part 7 - Him and Zlatan acting like 10-year-olds and flinging his crutches at Mourinho
Part 8 - I actually don't know what to think of this. No words
Part 9 - Eric getting sent off for trying to pull Guidettis ear and then proceeds to challenge all the Celta players to a 1v1
Part 10 - Here we have Eric Bailly doing his warm ups during the national anthem
Part 11 - celebrating the winner vs Hull last season with the greatest slide known to man
Part 12 - When he fell over the board after we won the community shield
Part 13 - When he did this interesting header vs West Ham
Part 14 - celebrating the League cup with another glorious slide
So, there you have it.
United fans are in love with Bailly and it’s not hard to understand why.
What a signing by Mourinho.
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