Eric Bailly has aimed a dig at Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho by claiming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘understands’ his Manchester United players better.
The Ivorian was Mourinho’s first signing at Old Trafford in 2016, arriving in a £30million deal from Villarreal.
However, the pair spent just two-and-half-years together as Mourinho was sacked midway through Bailly’s third season at the club after he fell out with a number of first team players.
Solskjaer hasn’t restored United to former glories but there is undoubtedly a better mood at the Theatre of Dreams and, in a dig at Mourinho, Bailly says that’s because the Norwegian was a footballer during his career.
‘It’s important being able to work with someone who is a former player,’ Bailly told ESPN.
‘Someone who understands the players’ situations, understands all the things that can happen from time to time.
‘Because football is not just played on the pitch, it’s also about all the things that go on around the game, the things that people don’t see.
‘And he is someone that gets that and it helps the team a lot. Besides being a coach, he’s just a normal person.
‘I would say like an uncle, and having someone like that in the club gives the players more strength.’
The coronavirus outbreak means Premier League games are postponed until at least early April, when the situation will be reassessed.
United had been in sensational form before the suspension, winning ten of their previous 12 matches and conceding just two goals along the way.
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