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Eric Bailly becomes Jose Mourinho’s first Manchester United signing – Twitter reacts

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Eric Bailly becomes Jose Mourinho’s first Manchester United signing – Twitter reacts

Eric Bailly has been confirmed as Jose Mourinho’s first Manchester United signing after the Villarreal defender passed his medical at Old Trafford.

The Ivory Coast international, who has only played 40 top-flight matches in his relatively short career to date, joins on a four-year deal subject to obtaining a work permit and cost United a fee of £30 million.

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While the fee is a total worth baulking at, Red Devils fans will certainly embrace Mourinho’s willingness to trust in younger talent. The Portuguese head coach arrives with a reputation for failing to incorporate less inexperienced players into his starting line-ups.

However, the emergence of a number of young, talented prospects during the unsuccessful reign of Louis van Gaal looks to have been enough to convince Mourinho that following the traditional ‘United way’ is worth the gamble.

If the success of Anthony Martial in his debut season is anything to go by, then the Old Trafford faithful will do well to place their faith in Bailly, who at 22 years of age has attracted considerable interest.

The majority of Premier League viewers had never head of Martial before his arrival – much like the club’s latest signing – and yet he turned out to be a huge success. Who is to say Bailly won’t turn out the same.

The Ivory Coast is a raw talent, there is no doubt, but he has all the attributes to succeed at the highest level of English football, providing he can quickly adjust to the pace and physicality of the Premier League.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news of Eric Bailly’s arrival:

As is often the case these days, the player himself was one of the first to respond to the news…

Some believed signing the 22-year-old is a good piece of business for the Red Devils…

Others were less convinced…

Despite the split opinion regarding his potential, almost everyone had something to say regarding his transfer fee…

Ultimately, we can only be sure of one thing: most people still don’t have a bloody clue who he is…

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