Manchester United boss Mourinho defends 23-year-old amid widespread criticism

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has jumped to the defence of his new signing Victor Lindelof and has urged people to give him more time.

Manchester United splashed a sizeable £30million to acquire the services of Victor Lindelof from Benfica during the summer and given his quality as well as young age, many feel that the Swedish international is an astute signing for the Red Devils.

However, Lindelof looked far from convincing during United’s pre-season tour of the United States as he made comical errors in the clashes against LA Galaxy and Real Madrid, and such performances have led a few fans as well as pundits to question whether the defender will be able to succeed at Old Trafford.

Manager Jose Mourinho is not concerned at all regarding Lindelof’s shaky performances in pre-season though and believes that the former Benfica man will come good for United once he adapts to life in England as well as in the Premier League.

Mourinho said, “Step by step. Benfica is a giant club, I always think that players coming from Benfica come mentally ready because it is a big club and the responsibility to play for them makes players ready. But the Portuguese league is different and has different qualities.

“Benfica is one of the dominant teams, so he’s more used to playing with the ball than without the ball, so he needs his time and we are going to give him his time to develop. Such a young player needs time.

“Manchester United is a huge club with huge responsibility; the Premier League is the same. So let’s give him time, but we’re happy with what he is doing, step by step.”

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