Jose Mourinho: This player needs to prove ‘how good he is’ — Woes to give defender more playing time

Jose Mourinho has assured Victor Lindelof of ‘more opportunities’ ahead of Manchester United’s Champions League clash at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night.

Lindelof, 23, joined the Red Devils from Benfica for £30m in the summer, and he has since been sparingly used on the playing field. The Sweden international has started just three games since the start of the season and he is still waiting for his Premier League debut.

Speaking in his press conference prior to the CSKA clash, Mourinho insisted that there is no pressure on Lindelof, who is still adapting to the club’s style of play. He added that the Swede will get his chance in the starting lineup after having featured against the likes of Basel and Burton Albion this month.

“Victor will be given time and no pressure for his evolution It’s a very specific position on the pitch. He needs time, he will be given time but also opportunities. It’s good that he played against Basel and against Burton, he is going to have more opportunities to play and prove how good he is,” he is quoted as saying by The Express.

Both Phil Jones and Eric Bailly missed the Champions League opener against Basel with one match European suspensions and the latter appears to have been rested for the long trip to Russia. As a result, Mourinho could be tempted to stick with Lindelof and Chris Smalling at the back, although Bailly provides the additional assurance.

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