Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes compatriot Victor Lindelof will eventually become a regular starter under Jose Mourinho. The Sweden international has been in-and-out of the first XI since his arrival from Benfica last summer.
In a report covered by M.E.N, Zlatan admitted that Lindelof has not had an easy beginning to the English game, but he is expecting the defender to grow in the club’s shirt in the future, he said: “I think it has been tough, it has not been easy. There was great expectations and he did not get much game time.”
“We talk every day, he grows and gets better. It’s all about getting into it and taking a place in the team. It is about confidence and finding his role. I try to support Vigge all the time and he trains really hard. And he really wants to do his best. He is good.”
Unlike Eric Bailly, Lindelof’s introduction was slow to the English game with Mourinho citing the Swede needed more time to adapt to the high intensity football. The versatile centre-back more or less lies on his positioning with a view to spotting any danger up ahead, and this has probably restricted his gametime ahead of a Phil Jones or Chris Smalling, who are better in a physical presence, despite their flaws.
With Bailly re-entering the fray, Lindelof could be the player to be sacrificed from the lineup in the coming weeks, but he is at an age, where he can continue to make progress with a little patience to become the go-to man for Mourinho in the future.