LINDELOF BACKED TO EARN TRUST OF MAN UTD AND MOURINHO BY BENFICA BOSS VITORIA
The Sweden international defender has endured a tough time in England since making a big-money move from Portugal, but is being tipped to come good.
Victor Lindelof is a “very high quality player” and will have a bright future at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho, says Rui Vitoria.
The Benfica boss saw a top talent wrestled from his grasp over the summer as the Red Devils invested £30.75 million in the Sweden international Lindelof was expected to step straight into the United fold, but has endured a tough start to life at Old Traffor d after struggling to make an impression during pre-season.
He is now being forced to bide his time as he waits for competitive minutes, with Mourinho favouring other options after overseeing an unbeaten start to the 2017-18 campaign.
Vitoria, though, is confident that the 23-year-old will come good, telling reporters ahead of Wednesday's Champions League meeting with United: “He is a very high quality player, he has been playing with Jose Mourinho.
“Of course when you move from the Portuguese championship to an English championship, there is a phase, a stage of adaptation.
“I do foresee that in the future Lindelof will be a player of Jose Mourinho's team. He has a lot of value, he is very cold, very competitive and has a great deal of quality.”
Lindelof has made just one cameo appearance in the Premier League to date, having been handed his debut off the bench in the closing stages of last Saturday's 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
His other outings have all come in cup competitions, starting two Champions League fixtures and a Carabao Cup tie.
He has made as many appearances for Sweden as he has for United since opening the season in the Red Devils side for the UEFA Super Cup clash with Real Madrid.
Mourinho, though, has sought to assure Lindelof that his time will come once fully adjusted to his new surroundings.
He said back in September: "Victor will be given time and no pressure for his evolution.
"He has a very specific position on the pitch and I was saying he needs time, he needs time and he will be given time but also opportunities.
“He needs time, no pressure, but also he needs opportunities. He will prove step by step that he is ready to play."
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