Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bailly May Prove to Be the New Ramos

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bailly May Prove to Be the New Ramos

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UNITED may have missed out on Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos last summer.

But they could have a younger version in new signing Eric Bailly.

The Reds pursued the dominant Spanish international Ramos throughout the summer of 2015.

At 30 years old, Ramos is hardly a has-been but in Jose Mourinho's capture of Bailly from Villarreal they have landed a 22- year-old who can become as good.

That's according to Bailly's former Espanyol youth team boss Sergio Pina, who spotted the versatile Ivorian's capabilities from day one.

"From the very first day I could see amazing potential in him," Pina said.

"He was super-tough, over 1.85m tall and performed stunning feats. He was very strong and also had some important technical skills, which have developed further over the years. …

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