Jose Mourinho will have been impressed with what he saw as he kickstarted his Manchester United reign with a 2-0 friendly win over Wigan.
Goals from academy graduates Will Keane and Andreas Pereira sealed the victory as United fans got a glimpse of Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the first time, while Luke Shaw made his first appearance since suffering a terrible injury in September.
While Mkhitaryan’s creativity and grace was apparent, Bailly produced one piece of skill that proved just why United paid Villarreal £30 million for his services.
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The 22-year-old was Mourinho’s first signing, arriving in early June, and figures to play an important role for the Red Devils for years to come.
His composure was clear to see at the DW Stadium and the thought of Bailly next to Chris Smalling must be exciting for United supporters.
Especially if Bailly continues to produce skills like this.
Not bad. Next to trickster Mkhitaryan, Martial won’t look so out of place.
The Ivory Coast international isn’t quite fully competent in the English language but he remained vocal, instructing teammates whenever he was on the ball.
That, as well as his coolness, must appeal to Mourinho as he looks to build a team that can return United to the top of the Premier League.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic also arrived in the summer, giving the club perhaps the most clinical striker in England.
And Mourinho’s business doesn’t end there. Rumours that Paul Pogba will arrive in a £100m deal from Juventus are intensifying, with Real Madrid reportedly out of a move.