Manchester United's Eric Bailly
Thursday Feb 16, 2017. 13:00
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has explained why he thinks Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho is different to other managers.
The Ivory Coast international has impressed at United since joining the club from Spanish side Villarreal prior to the current campaign.
Bailly, who was speaking ahead of Thursday's UEFA Europe League clash with French club Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford, credited Mourinho with smoothing his adaptation to English football.
"What I've found different to other managers is the time he takes to spend time with you individually," Bailly said on Goal.com.
"He looks at situations in games that happened and takes time to talk through stuff. It's something that’s been really helpful for me. I think it's something which really helps me and his experience has been passed on to me," he continued.
"I'm surprised I got in the team so quickly but I'm really grateful for the backroom staff, the coaches and the fitness coaches. They’ve really helped me settle in, which has gone relatively smoothly.
"I’m such a young player and I've managed to fight my way into the side and get the respect of the older players at the club. Well we're aware of what a good season they're having. They're on a good run of form," he added.
"We're able to see French football on TV and we know they've got a really good group dynamic and I think they're going to be a threat," Bailly concluded.
The 22-year-old, who represented Ivory Coast at the recent 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Gabon, has made 14 English Premier League appearances this season.