Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Smalling: I Can Already Call on New Boy Bailly

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Smalling: I Can Already Call on New Boy Bailly

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CHRIS Smalling and Eric Bailly are building up a vocal understanding at United word by word.

French-speaking Ivorian Bailly was signed from Villarreal in the summer for Pounds 30m and since England defender Smalling came back from injury the pair have been Jose Mourinho's centreback partnership in the last five matches.

And 26-year-old Smalling says the combination will get better.

"The more games we play together, the more we're getting used to one another," he told MUTV.

"As defenders we need to be vocal and he's getting a lot stronger at that, with his English really improving.

"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. …

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