Jose Mourinho expressed his delight after signing Victor Lindelof in a £31 million deal from Benfica back in June.
The Manchester United boss described the Swedish defender, 22, as a “very talented young player” with “a great future ahead of him at United”.
United fans were also excited by the prospect of another centre-back joining the club. With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling injury prone and unreliable, the Red Devils required another top-level central defender to partner the impressive Eric Bailly.
However, alarm bells were soon ringing for United supporters when they ran the rule over Lindelof in pre-season.
He produced a disastrous performance in a friendly against Real Madrid in Santa Clara and then struggled against the same opponents in the UEFA Super Cup several weeks later.
Lindelof subsequently failed to make the subs’ bench in United’s Premier League opener against West Ham, prompting Mourinho to tell reporters: “Victor needs a little bit of time and he is going to have that time. Let's go step by step because Victor is a fantastic player."
Lindelof needs more time than Mourinho expected
Two months later, however, and it seems Lindelof will need more time to adjust than even Mourinho had anticipated.
The Swede came off the bench against Huddersfield Town on Saturday and was, once again, disastrous.
His calamitous error resulted in Laurent Depoitre doubling the home side’s advantage midway through the first half. United failed to recover and slumped to an embarrassing 2-1 defeat.
There are plenty of United fans who wouldn’t shed a tear if Lindelof never pulled on the red shirt again after that hapless performance.
Andy Mitten's tweet is spot on
However, United supporter and respected journalist Andy Mitten has urged his fellow fans to get behind the club’s summer signing, pointing out that several of their heroes also endured tough starts at Old Trafford.
“Lindelöf has had a poor start at MU,” Mitten tweeted. “No different to [David] De Gea, [Nemanja] Vidic, [Patrice] Evra or [Gary] Pallister then. Support the lad. He's highly rated for a reason.”
Mitten’s post has been retweeted almost 3,000 times and ‘liked’ over 6,000 times, suggesting most United fans are in agreement.
They’ll be getting behind Lindelof if he starts against Swansea City on Tuesday night.
Redknapp: Lindelof needs time to adapt and develop
Jamie Redknapp, in his column for the Daily Mail, also believes Lindelof can prove people wrong in the long run.
“Victor Lindelof must feel at rock bottom after his defensive errors led to both Huddersfield goals,” the Sky Sports pundit said. “He probably feels the manager does not rate him and it is vital that Manchester United coaches work closely with him this week and take him back to basics to restore his confidence.
“Lindelof is only 23 and will feel he has to justify his £30million transfer fee. Like Henrikh Mkhitaryan last season, Lindelof may not yet be ready for the Premier League. He should be given time to adapt and develop.”
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