OSLO, Norway — Jose Mourinho has urged endurance with new Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof as he adjusts to the Premier League.
The £31 million centre-back has had a combined begin to his Previous Trafford profession following his summer season transfer from Benfica, however Mourinho says the 23-year-old will get the time he must settle in.
“It’s step-by-step,” he instructed a information convention after United’s Three-Zero win over Valerenga in Oslo on Sunday. “Benfica is a huge membership.
“I at all times assume gamers come from Benfica mentally prepared. They’re a giant membership and the duty to play for them makes gamers prepared however the Portuguese league is totally different, totally different qualities.”
Lindelof was anticipated to kind United’s common centre-half pairing with Eric Bailly subsequent season.
Mourinho can be with out Bailly for the Tremendous Cup conflict with Actual Madrid in Macedonia on Aug. eight whereas he serves the second recreation of his European ban.
It leaves the United supervisor with Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones as his choices on the again.
Mourinho, nevertheless, has recommended he might ease the Swede in gently when the season formally kicks off.
He added: “Benfica is without doubt one of the dominant groups, so he’s used to taking part in with the ball relatively than with out it.
“He wants his time to develop. We’re going to give him time. Such a younger participant wants time.
“Manchester United is a big membership, big duty, [and the] Premier League is identical. Let’s give him time however pleased with what he’s doing step-by-step.”
Rob is ESPN FC’s Manchester United correspondent. Observe him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.