Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that he started Victor Lindelof against Swansea City in order to give the defender’s confidence a boost.
A lot was expected of Victor Lindelof after Manchester United splashed a whopping £30million to acquire his services from Benfica over the summer but it has to be said that the Swedish international has not even come close to justifying his huge price tag at Old Trafford.
Lindelof has looked shaky whenever he has featured on the pitch for United so far this season and the young defender was largely to blame for the Red Devils’ first defeat of the season after he made two glaring errors against Huddersfield Town to hand the Terriers a shock victory over the weekend.
Despite his poor display though, manager Jose Mourinho handed Lindelof a start in the midweek Carabao Cup clash against Swansea City and the defender put in a much improved performance during the encounter in South Wales.
Mourinho has now gone on to speak regarding his decision to start with Lindelof during the game and stated that he kept faith in the 23-year-old to restore his shattered confidence following the Huddersfield fiasco.
The Portuguese manager told MUTV, “Behind I tried to give Axel (Tuanzebe) good protection. I decided to play with three because Victor (Lindelof) was not coming with his confidence levels very, very high, so I decided to play both with the experience of Smalling and we were ok. It was good for the players to get confidence.”