Manchester United Football Club made a huge signing over the summer, when Jose Mourinho sanctioned big money to bring Victor Lindelof to the Theatre of Dreams from SL Benfica. However, outside of the UEFA Super Cup, we haven’t seen him play yet.
However, it looks like we’re going to get that opportunity on Tuesday night when Manchester United play their first Champions League game of the season at home to FC Basel.
Manager Mourinho has been speaking about the prospect of the young defender making his first start, and he seems convinced that the ‘Iceman’ will be absolutely fine as European football is more like the style that Lindelof became accustomed to out in Sweden.
The self-proclaimed Special One went on to praise Lindelof’s intelligence and calmness, before adding that the likes of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones should be worried, because he’s a very good player.
“It will be easier for him to play in the Champions league because it is more comparable to the Portuguese style of football,” Mourinho said, as per Sky Sports News. “There are more differences in relation to the Premier League.
“There is no need to adapt to the Champions League but he needs a little bit of time to adapt to the Premier League.
“He is an intelligent kid – very bright and very calm. He knows that, step by step, he is going to be there.
“But for tomorrow I am more than confident and I know that he is more than confident. He is a very good player with very good potential.
“Honestly, I think there are reasons for the other boys – Bailly and Jones – to be worried because Victor is a very good player.”
From what I saw on the tour I’m yet to be convinced, but adapting to completely new surroundings was never going to be an easy task. The difference in level between the English game and the Portuguese game is a huge step up, but training with his new Manchester United teammates every day is only going to make him a better player.
Mourinho hasn’t made a wrong transfer decision thus far, and every single player (except Lindelof) has made an excellent impression. Now, it’s time for the Swede to prove his worth.