Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof produced an impressive performance in Sweden's 4-0 win over Belarus on Sunday night.
The Reds splashed out £30.75m on the former Benfica player but he appears to be firmly behind Eric Bailly and Phil Jones in the pecking order.
Bailly and Jones have started the season in formidable form, conceding a total of zero goals in the opening three Premier League fixtures.
Lindelof, 23, barely missed a minute last season as he helped Benfica win the double.
"It's been good," Lindelof told VNL recently when asked about his start at United. "The initial period is very important to get to know the club and everything around it, all the players, coaches and the system. So it's been a very important time for me.
"Of course you always want to play, but the competition is tough with very good players so we'll see what happens. But of course you always want to play."
Lindelof, probably aware of Mourinho's treatment of Mkhitaryan last season, seems intent on keeping in his manager's good books.
"We have good talks, he's a very good coach and I think I will develop enormously under him. So it feels good."
Asked about Mourinho's decision not to select him so far, Lindelof said: "I don't know. I've just arrived at the club, I've been there for less than two months. So it's a process. The last week of training went very well and I feel I'm getting into it more and more."
He hasn't featured for Manchester United since the Super Cup final but played 90 minutes in Sunday night's 2018 World Cup qualifier.
Lindelof's sublime pass(es)
Fans took note of a spectacular pass Lindelof executed to perfection, cutting open the opposition defence with an inch-perfect long through ball.
His excellent pass - which highlighted his impressive vision and ball-playing abilities - led to Marcus Berg slotting into an empty net to make it 3-0.
The young central defender had already provided a pre-assist earlier in the game with another lovely long ball.
Lindelof is expected to be in Mourinho's squad when Manchester United visit Stoke City on Saturday evening.
However, it's likely that the foreseeable future will see him remain on the bench until Jones or Bailly either lose form or suffer an injury.
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