Manchester United fans think Daley Blind will leave after Eric Bailly arrives

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Manchester United made their first summer signing under Jose Mourinho on Wednesday, paying a reported £30million to sign centre-back Eric Bailly from Spanish side Villarreal.

The 22-year-old has been in imperious form for the Yellow Submarine over the last 12 months, filling in excellently for Gabriel Paulista, who was sold to Arsenal in January 2015.

Fans of the club may have been hoping for an attacker by the name of Zlatan Ibrahimovic but Mourinho appears to think improving the defence is a more pressing matter. That is despite the fact that no team conceded fewer goals than the Red Devils in the Premier League last season.


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Indeed, a makeshift partnership of Chris Smalling and Daley Blind reaped plenty of fruit for Louis van Gaal, who put his faith in the latter despite originally signing him as a midfielder. But Mourinho's urgency in signing Bailly clearly means he is not convinced by one of them. Manchester United fans think they know.

Yes, Twitter has been rife with speculation ever since Bailly's arrival was announced early on Wednesday afternoon with fans suggesting that it will be Blind that bites the bullet. We have posted some of the best reaction below!

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Bailly is best

Bailly, an Ivory Coast international, emerged as one of the most prominent centre-backs in La Liga last season with his formidable strength, height and pace making up something of a complete package for a modern day defender.

Mourinho told United's official website: "Eric is a young central defender with great natural talent. He has progressed well to date and has the potential to become one of the best around.

"We look forward to working with him to help nurture that raw talent and fulfil his potential. Eric is at the right club to continue his development."

On his arrival at Old Trafford, Bailly said: "It is a confidence boost that a manager with so much experience of English football has trusted in me by making me his first signing.

"English football has a different style to Spanish football. It's more physical and more direct as well. I have always thought it would suit my style of football."

Here are some of his best moments:

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