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Bailly: ‘It’s very important to be ready to play every game’

Tue 05 January 2021 | 14:16

Eric Bailly has hit a four-year high at Manchester United, but he prefers to avoid praises and admirations and does not want to talk up his form.

Manchester United


Eric Bailly

was brought in for £30 million ($41m) in order to solve the defense problems for the Red Devils.

In his debut season, he made 38 appearances and in this season, he has made four starts in a row for the first time since September 2017.

In spite of his success, he is wary of talking up his form and getting far ahead of himself.

When the Ivorian defender was asked if he is enjoying his best run of form, he answered:

“It’s too early. Too early!

“Now you need to make your head calm, train, and keep going, getting ready to help the team. That’s my first mission and I hope I don’t get injured again.

“The injuries are very difficult for players when they have the good form. It’s very important to be ready to play every game.

“That [playing regularly] is very important for me, as before, I’d had moments, difficult moments, but now I’ve come back into the team. I am feeling good, train well and I’ll be ready to help the team. I am fit and I want to play.”

With Bailly’s late block to deny Keinan Davis, the Red Devils won 2-1 against

Aston Villa

and were able to pull level with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table with a game in hand.

Bailly added:

“In this team, we are like a family. Like all of the people are friends, like brothers.

“Manchester is one family and I’m very happy with my teammates to do this for me because they know the moment I had before. They are happy for me to come back to the team and that is why I try to help.

“You know when the game is finished, the players who didn’t play the game, but were on the bench, came onto the pitch to celebrate the three points. That is the mentality we want. For me, for the team, for all the players in Manchester, it is very important to keep this mentality.

“Popular or not, I’m enjoying [it] all the time, I enjoy it with my boys, my team-mates and we try to make the people happy. I joke when it’s a good moment to do the joke and then to be focused on making the team strong.”

source: SportMob