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Eric Bailly reveals his "biggest ambition" at Man Utd

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Thirty million spent and Eric Bailly is already well on his way to justifying his big-money move to Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

Since making his debut against Leicester City in the Community Shield, the Ivory Coast centre-back has become indispensable through a number of commanding performances.

Jose Mourinho has certainly been impressed, so much so that he recently suggested Bailly has proved to be his best summer signing over the past few months.


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Following the mauling of Leicester City at Old Trafford, he said: "Bailly comes from a different competition - a different dimension - and he is not experienced at this level.

"He looks very comfortable at such a big club. Other guys it is different for them."

Unfortunately for Bailly, it's his teammates who have let United down in recent weeks, with David de Gea, Paul Pogba and Wayne Rooney all culpable for not pulling their weight.

Further improvements are most certainly needed, especially so if Bailly is to realise his dream of winning the Champions League during his stay at Old Trafford.

In an interview with the club's official website, the 22-year-old was asked for his "biggest remaining ambition" in football.

And his answer? "To win the Champions League with United, definitely!" he said.

The small issue remains of the Red Devils actually qualifying for a competition they've missed out on twice in three seasons.

A Europa League place is what United were forced to settle for last term and they'll harbour ambitions of finishing in the top four this time around, despite their mediocre start to the 2016/17 campaign.

Bailly was also asked for football's greatest ever player, to which he replied: "For me, it’s Zinedine Zidane."

United face Liverpool at Anfield next Monday, where Bailly and partner Chris Smalling will face arguably their sternest test of the season.

The centre-back duo are still getting to know each other but Smalling believes their partnership will continue going from strength to strength as the season progresses.

"The more games we play together, the more we're getting used to one another," the England international said.

"As defenders, we need to be vocal and he's getting a lot stronger at that, with his English really improving. He's very physically imposing as well and really easy to play alongside.

"We've got certain calls and certain words which he, and any foreign player that comes in, can understand, no matter if his English is advanced or not.

"It's about developing that, and the more games we get together I think we'll get stronger and stronger."

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