Manchester United fans react to new signing Eric Bailly, name who they want signed next

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Manchester United have snapped up defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal.

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Manchester United have made their first signing of the Jose Mourinho era, having confirmed on their official website earlier today that defender Eric Bailly has joined the club.

Mourinho was always expected to splash the cash having been named Red Devils boss at the end of last month, and he has opened his account with the signing of Bailly.

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The 22-year-old centre back had made only five first-team appearances for Espanyol before Villarreal snapped him up in January 2015, and he hasn't looked back since.

An Ivorian international, Bailly was a key member of the Villarreal team which reached the Europa League semi-finals this past season, impressing with his exceptional power and pace.

Villarreal's Eric Bailly in action with Lyon's Nabil Fekir

He may have a developing reading of the game and is capable of some errors, but Bailly looks to be a star in the making at Old Trafford, and fans have been reacting to his arrival throughout the day.

Fans are generally happy to see a new defender brought in, but are hoping that he doesn't go the way of Manchester City's own athletic defender Eliaquim Mangala, who has struggled since arriving from Porto.

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Supporters were also looking towards who United's next signing could be, with big names like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Antoine Griezmann, James Rodriguez and Paul Pogba wanted by fans at Old Trafford.

They may have to wait for a big name, but for now they've got Bailly - a talented young defender with huge potential, and that looks to be a great start for Mourinho.

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