As we all know, Jose Mourinho made Victor Lindelof his first signing of the summer, with the self-proclaimed Special One looking to bolster Manchester United’s defensive options. It’s fair to say the Swede has a poor pre-season tour, and an even poorer UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid.
Since then, we haven’t seen the 22-year-old take to the field, and at times, he has missed out completely on match day squads. It was always going to take him time to get used to his new surroundings, but personally, I was expecting to see him make a bigger impact than he has thus far.
Now, whilst out on international duty with his native Sweden, Lindelof has spoke to the media about his slow start – but he seems very confident that eventually, he’ll force his way in and make an impact.
“It’s clear that you always want to play,” said Lindelof, as per the Manchester Evening News. “It’s tough competition with very good players. So we’ll see how it gets, but of course you always want to play.
“I just got to the club. I have been there for around two months and I am start getting into it more and more. The last training week has gone very well and I feel I’m getting into it more and more.
“It has been good. It has been a very important first time for me and getting to know the club, everything around, all players, leaders and the system. A very important time for me.”
Of course, moving to a new country, adapting to a new system and new league is never going to be easy. My main concern for Lindelof is exactly where is he going to get his opening? Eric Bailly is an absolute beast and Phil Jones is in the form of his life.
I guess the best thing for him to do now is just to keep putting in the hard work on the training field. Mourinho is the master when it comes to man-management, and I fully expect him to play another blinder here.