Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ERIC THE GREAT ; New Pounds 30m United Signing Can Be One of the Best in the World Says Mourinho [City Region]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ERIC THE GREAT ; New Pounds 30m United Signing Can Be One of the Best in the World Says Mourinho [City Region]

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JOSE Mourinho hopes to have bagged one of the best defenders in the world as he builds his new-look United side.

The Reds boss has been busy since taking over from Louis van Gaal, with Eric Bailly the first of what is set to be a number of signings this summer.

The Pounds 30m defender has agreed a four-year deal from Villareal, with the option of a further two years.

Bailly is thrilled at the prospect of working with Mourinho, describing it as a dream come true to sign for United and play at the highest level.

And the coach - who will be keen to overturn a reputation for not bringing on young players - is very happy to have landed the 22- year-old in a move that could make United more solid at the back for years to come.

"Eric is a young central defender with great natural talent," said Mourinho. …

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