Manchester United’s first signing of the summer was none other than defender Victor Lindelof. The 23-year-old talent signed on the dotted line after agreeing to leave SL Benfica to come to the Theatre of Dreams. But, he’s struggled to settle into life in new surroundings.
Personally, I thought that he struggled whilst on pre-season tour. For the most part, he looked shaky, nervous and it looked as though the pressure was getting to him. It was all summed up as he gave away a penalty, and then missed a spot-kick against Real Madrid in the USA.
Then, he played Madrid again in the UEFA Super Cup and didn’t cover himself in glory. Later, Jose Mourinho admitted that he didn’t want to play the Swede, but his hand was forced.
Now, former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has been speaking to the media, admitting that it will take Lindelof time to settle. But, when he’s given his opportunity, Lescott is confident that the ‘Iceman’ will take his chance.
“I’m sure it will (take him a bit of time to settle),” former Manchester City star Lescott said on Sky Sports, as per the Daily Express.
“They needed to add someone due to the injury situation last season and players not being as fit as Mourinho would like.
“He’s had an indifferent season, it’s been hard for him, obviously when you go to Man United the pressure is on straight away.
“The opponents they play in pre-season now aren’t the sort of team I played when I was growing up.
“There are a lot more established forwards, so it’s been tough.
“I’m sure given an opportunity he will show he is worthy of his Man United place.”
Look, it has been a struggle for him. But, Mourinho is the master when it comes to bringing in players. Just look at the wonders he worked with Henrikh Mkhitaryan when the going got tough. Lindelof will be given time, and I’m sure the gaffer will identify the correct moment to utilise the Sweden international.
It’s certainly not time to be hitting the panic button just yet. We have plenty of options in that area of the field, and with each passing training session, Lindelof will be growing both physically and mentally.