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Nemanja Vidic Pleased With Eric Bailly Comparisons

Nemanja Vidic Pleased With Eric Bailly Comparisons

Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic says he is pleased to hear comparisons between him and current United centre-back Eric Bailly.

Bailly, a summer signing from Villarreal, won the club's Player of the Month award in August and also scooped the Man of the Match award in three of his first four appearances.

United fans have likened him to fan favourite Vidic, who won five Premier League titles at Old Trafford.

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The Serbian has plenty of praise for the 22-year old and has no problem with the comparisons made between the two.

Speaking to United Review, the club's official programme, he said:

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"It's nice to hear and, from what I've seen, he is a very good player. If he keeps going as he is, he will definitely have a great career at United. Of course, I'm glad that someone compares him to me and I hope he will be a player who does very well for us. He's strong and composed with the ball. He's a very confident player. He has a bit of everything. What I have seen in the first few matches is that we have a great player for the future and a player I would say we needed. He reads the game well. He already looks a big signing for us."

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The now retired defender continued to talk glowing about the Ivorian and says he has been impressed with how quickly Bailly has adapted to life in the Premier League.

"I think he's already popular with the fans. Of the signings we've had this year, I think he's the one that has surprised everyone the most. He's 22 years old and he went straight into the club and looks at home straight away. That's outstanding for me. We know how many players come to England and need time to adapt and that, for me, is what is so impressive - he's 22 and he has adapted straight away and showed some confidence which is important." he added.

Have you been impressed with Eric Bailly at Manchester United? Let us know in the comments.

(h/t Man Utd)

Topics: Manchester United, Nemanja Vidic, Villarreal, MUFC, Eric Bailly

Josh Lawless

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