Jose Mourinho sends honest message to Man United fans about new signing
Jose Mourinho says Victor Lindelof will take time to adapt to life at Manchester United
Jose Mourinho has admitted that it is going to take time for new signing Victor Lindelof to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League at Manchester United.
The Swedish defender became Manchester United’s first signing of the summer when he joined the Red Devils from Benfica back in June as Mourinho moved quickly to bolster his rearguard options.
However, the Red Devils boss opted to pair Phil Jones and Eric Bailly together in the heart of Manchester United’s defence for their 4-0 win over West Ham in their Premier League opener on Sunday.
And Mourinho has told Manchester United fans that it is probably going to take Lindelof some time to adapt to English football following his move from the Portuguese league.
Speaking to MUTV after Sunday’s game, Mourinho said: “I think Real Madrid [in the Uefa Super Cup] was too early for him. He played because Jones and Bailly were both suspended.
“I’ve had players coming from different leagues to the Premier League and, normally, it’s not easy. It’s different for Lukaku and Matic as they have had years and years in the Premier League.
“I brought Ricardo Carvalho to Chelsea in 2004 and he was a phenomenal defender, one of the best central defenders in the Premier League, but he struggled. It was difficult for him to come in and adapt in the beginning.
“I think Victor needs a little bit of time and he is going to have that time. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not a defender but, last season, he needed his time too. So let’s go step by step because Victor is a fantastic player.”
Manchester United will now look to continue their strong start to the season when they take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
The Red Devils’ thumping win over West Ham moved them to the top of the Premier League table after the first round of top-flight fixtures.
Manchester United finished in sixth place last season but won the EFL Cup and Europa League.