Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is preparing to hold back on Victor Lindelof, and ease him into things at the Theatre of Dreams, according to James Ducker of The Telegraph. Apparently, the self-proclaimed Special One is planning to do what he did with Henrikh Mkhitaryan twelve months ago.
The 23-year-old, known as the ‘Iceman’ was omitted from Mourinho’s Premier League squad that thumped West Ham United 4-0 on Sunday, following a tough pre-season coupled with the fact that he is finding the transition hard.
It’s a shame, and I’m sure that the board aren’t best pleased given the fact that big money was paid to get him in. It is a bold decision, but you feel it makes sense.
Ducker also writes that Lindelof has apparently looked sluggish in training at times, and the United manager didn’t really want to play him against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, but his hand was forced due to suspensions.
On top of that, the article suggests that Mourinho also wanted to bring in Michael Keane before he moved to Everton.
It has certainly been a slow start for Lindelof and he will need time. Heck, just look at how good Mkhitaryan has been in pre-season and in our Premier League opener.
Mourinho is a master when it comes to man-management, and I fully back him to work wonders with Lindelof over the next couple of months, and then let’s see how he’s getting on.