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Man Utd star names one thing that makes playing with Eric Baily difficult

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Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have been grabbing most of the attention so far this season when it comes to Manchester United's summer signings.

However, although Zlatan could make a case after racking up five goals already, it is £30 million centre-back Eric Bailly who has, perhaps, been the most impressive of Jose Mourinho's four signings thus far.

The Ivory Coast international had adapted effortlessly to life in the Premier League and has already become a firm fan favourite. Apparently, though, there is one thing regarding the 22-year-old that is making it difficult for his United teammates out of the pitch.

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According to Daily Blind - the man who spent much of the early season alongside Bailly at the heart of United's defence - the defender's issues with the English language have created a barrier that the rest of the Red Devils squad has had to work around over opening six weeks of the season.

"I think the key is to talk a lot," Blind said, via the Mirror. "It's a bit more difficult with Eric because of the language barrier.

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"But we both understand football and you can also do a lot with your hands.

"We've had a good understanding already. It's important to be able to rely on each other and help each other, that helps build a team together."

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Having spent the entirety of his professional career in Spain prior to his big money summer move, Bailly's English clearly isn't quite up to scratch. 

That hasn't stopped him putting in some impressive displays, however, and he was actually named United's Player of the Month for August.

Lessons

News, then, that Bailly is already planning on improving the one weakness to his game right now by beginning English lessons will delight United fans who will be hoping their club has found their next great centre-back.

"There are players who speak Spanish and French and they help me integrate,” the Ivorian explained.

"I’ve just started having English classes, too. Little by little. It’s important for the other players to have confidence in you."

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There have been times this season - most notably when Manchester City came to Old Trafford and outplayed their rivals - where Bailly hasn't looked quite so accomplished.

Improving his communication with teammates could be key, then, as he looks to develop his game and continue to improve.

"It was my dream since being a child to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world," he continued. "Now I’m here, I’m going to take that chance."

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