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Bailly might not be ready for first-team action at United.

Jose Mourinho says he doesn't know if Eric Bailly is ready for first-team action

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Jose Mourinho has wasted no time at all in making necessary additions to Manchester United's squad.

His first big-name signing at Old Trafford was centre-back Eric Bailly from Villarreal, plugging a hole that needed filling in defence.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic soon followed, the Sweden international's free transfer finally confirmed last week after his Paris Saint-Germain contract expired.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba are two stellar names also rumoured with moves to the Theatre of Dreams, giving fans every reason to be excited of what the 2016/17 season holds.

However, Bailly's big-money arrival might not be what it's cracked up to be if Mourinho's latest comments are anything to go by.

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The Portuguese has admitted he doesn't know if his £30 million signing is ready for first-team action in the Premier League.

He told MUTV, per the Mirror: "I could compare him with some players I had previously, but I don’t want to.

“He’s a player we believe has all the attributes. Very strong and very fast. It’s not easy to find a fast player with a big body.

“He’s played a right back and that is good for a central defender. Is he ready? I don’t know.”

Strange. At £30 million, fans assumed Bailly was primed and ready to partner Chris Smalling at the heart of United's defence, yet that might not be the case.

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As a result, one of Daley Blind or Phil Jones could well be a first-choice centre-back when the new campaign kicks off next month.

But rest assured, United supporters, there's still very much reason to be positive about what Mourinho has planned.

A hot topic has been how the 53-year-old will incorporate both Ibrahimovic and rising star Marcus Rashford in his first-team plans.

Well, according to Mourinho, the attacking pair will be an "amazing complement for each other".

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Again, he told MUTV: "34 is his (Ibrahimovic's) age, plus 18 Marcus Rashford.

"34 plus 18 divided by two is the perfect age for a football player, so our two strikers are the perfect age, because 18 is not the perfect age and 34 is not.

"But they are, so I think they can be an amazing complement for each other."

Mourinho also insisted that captain Wayne Rooney will resume an attacking role next term, despite being played in central midfield recently.

"He will never play 50 metres away from the goal. He will be a [number] 9, 10, 9.5, not a 6 or an 8," he added.

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