NEMANJA VIDIC has opened up on new Manchester United recruit Eric Bailly.
The Ivory Coast international joined the Red Devils from Villarreal in the summer for reported fee of £30m and has been compared to the former captain after his good start at Old Trafford.
And Vidic believes he has all the potential to become a United great under Jose Mourinho.
“If he keeps going as he is, he will definitely have a great career at United,” he said.
“Of course, I’m glad that someone compares him to me and I hope he will be a player who does very well for us. He’s strong and composed with the ball.
“He’s a very confident player. He has a bit of everything. What I have seen in the first few matches is that we have a great player for the future and a player I would say we needed.
“He reads the game well. He already looks a big signing for us.
“I think he’s already popular with the fans. Of the signings we’ve had this year, I think he’s the one that has surprised everyone the most.
“He’s 22-years-old and he went straight into the club and looks at home straight away. That’s outstanding for me.
“We know how many players come to England and need time to adapt and that, for me, is what is so impressive – he’s 22 and he has adapted straight away and showed some confidence which is important.”
And the Serbian hard man has also offered his advice to Bailly to ensure he gets the best out of his ability.
“The most important thing for a player of his age is to keep his feet on the ground,” Vidic added.
“The first few matches he really performed well and had so many compliments from everyone, but it’s important to stay calm, keep doing what he was doing before and keep improving.
“If he continues to play like he does and stays focused, he can be here for many years and help the team be successful.”
Next up for United is a Europa League clash against Zorya at Old Trafford on Thursday.
After that the Red Devils return to Premier League action when they host Stoke.