Defender appears to aim dig at Mourinho over management style

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Dom Le Roy

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has opened up on what he believes are the differences between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho signed Bailly in a deal worth around £30million in 2016 while the Portuguese was in charge of the Old Trafford outfit (BBC).

The 25-year-old has claimed that Solskjaer’s experience as a player gives him the advantage over his predecessor, having taken over from Mourinho in December 2018.

Solskjaer achieved cult status as a player at United having won 12 major titles for the club throughout his 11-year spell.

Bailly appears to have aimed a dig at Mourinho by suggesting that his current manager understands his players better given his history having played the game at such a high level.

Spurs were due to lock horns with United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday before the Premier League decided to suspend all matches as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mourinho was said to have fallen out with members of the playing staff whilst in charge of the former Premier League champions (Metro).

He told ESPN: ‘It’s important being able to work with someone who is a former player,’ 

‘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.’

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