Eric Bailly believes Manchester United will win the Premier League title this season â as long as they remain on their current trajectory.
Bailly believes his increased tactical understanding and improved concentration levels are due to manager JosÃ© Mourinho. Having worked under Mourinho since June 2016, Bailly feels he has improved a lot since then.
The 23-year-old has made a big impact at the heart of Manchester United's defence since his Â£30m move to Villarreal nearly 18 months ago. And the Ivorian has been an ever-present, making 45 appearances, and has seamlessly slotted in, alongside Phil Jones and a variety of defensive partners despite the language barrier.
The Red Devils currently are level on points with league leaders Man City, with just goal difference separating the sides.
"It shows promise because, compared with the team last year, it was more difficult then," Bailly told United Review in response to a question about finishing games strongly this season.
"This year there is more desire, more success at everything we do. It's important to see the team starting off well in top form, and I think that with the work we've done, and the work by the manager and the staff, we'll continue the way we've begun and that will lead us to the Premier League title."
With six wins and one draw, JosÃ© Mourinho's side is being spoken about as potential champions. Even though they are yet to face a fellow title contender, but that is about to change. They play Liverpool at Anfield when the Premier League resumes and also will face Tottenham and Chelsea in their next five league fixtures.
Bailly though is in a confident mood and believes Manchester United deserve that billing and if they can continue as they've started they will lift the trophy in May, according to the Metro.
And, with United setting the pace in the Premier League and their Champions League group, Bailly believes that trophy-laden first season stands them in good stead, as per the Manchester Evening News.
He added: "It's not so much that it helps as that it motivates," he added.
"Winning a trophy is very important and I think that, with the trophies we've won, it's a huge motivation to win even more.
"It's what we always have in mind: to have the desire, the aim to win several trophies because it's a good thing for a player's career."