The Swedish defender became the Red Devils’ first signing of the summer transfer window back in July as Mourinho moved quickly to bolster his defensive options at Old Trafford.
However, Lindelof has struggled to get into the first team at Old Trafford so far this season, with the 23-year-old not having yet featured for the first team in the Premier League this term.
The defender signed for the Red Devils from Benfica and Mourinho has moved to play down fears about his ability to adapt to English football, insisting that it is only a matter of time.
Mourinho also used Chelsea legend Carvalho as an example of a player who struggled at first but then developed into one of the Premier League’s finest defenders.
Mourinho told a news conference before the Champions League clash with Basel on Tuesday night: “Victor is an intelligent kid, he is very calm and of course he wants to play.
“You know, we take it step by step. [At Chelsea] we had one of the best central defenders in the Premier League’s last decade, Ricardo Carvalho, and when he arrived from Portugal he was in trouble a little bit to adapt.
“Then he had an amazing career in the Premier League after that and I am sure Victor will be the same.
“So it is good for him to play in the Champions League and probably he won’t play at the weekend, but he will play again next week in the [Carabao] Cup so matches are coming for him.”
Manchester United return to Premier League action this weekend with a home clash against Everton at Old Trafford as they look to bounce back from their 2-2 draw with Stoke last weekend.
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