United Briefing: Amad's arrival welcomed by Bailly
Eric Bailly is looking forward to helping Amad Diallo settle into his new surroundings at the Aon Training Complex.
The Atalanta winger has now finalised his move to Manchester United after the deal was set up during the last transfer window, and Ivory Coast international Bailly has been in contact with his fellow countryman.
In an exclusive interview to be published in full in Saturday's United Review, the official matchday programme for our Emirates FA Cup third-round tie against Watford, the in-form defender was keen not to apply any additional pressure to the talented 18-year-old.
“I know Amad,” said Eric.
“I speak with him. He’s a young player with good talents but we know it is important to keep calm with any new guys. I think he will do well but it important to keep calm with him.
“I am ready to help him. I’m ready to help every player. That, for me, is very important. When I came to this team, I had players with big experience. I remember [Wayne] Rooney, Ibra [Zlatan Ibrahimovic], Antonio Valencia. Players like this helped me when I came. So when young players come, it’s very important to help these guys.”
When we asked Eric if the new boy will be glad the uncompromising defender is on his side and not playing against him, he laughed and said:
“Ha, yes. He’s a top man. I speak with him and speak with the family. Now the guy is very happy to sign for Manchester United. Everybody waits for him and that’s it.”
The waiting will soon be over with Diallo due to start training with his new team-mates soon, when all the necessary paperwork has been completed.
The teenager was born in Abidjan but moved to Italy as a youngster, where he impressed throughout his time with Atalanta's youth sides and during his outings with the senior side.
WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hold a press conference to preview the FA Cup tie with Watford, and you can watch the event in our Official App and on ManUtd.com from 13:30 GMT.
The team news could be very interesting if the boss decides to shuffle his pack ahead of next week's Premier League assignments at Burnley and Liverpool.
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WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?
We announced Diallo's signing from Atalanta had been successfully concluded, with Ole describing him as one of the
“most exciting young prospects in the game” and fans eagerly anticipating the teenager pulling on a red shirt.
Paul Pogba spoke with MUTV's Stewart Gardner following the derby defeat to City and stressed that the players will be looking at the bigger picture. There was also a chance to read Mickey Thomas's memories of his move from Wrexham to United in the latest episode of UTD Podcast.