After Jose Mourinho completed the signing of Victor Lindelof in a £31 million deal from Benfica in June, Manchester United supporters envisioned a partnership with Eric Bailly that would hopefully come to rival that of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
Lindelof arrived off the back of an impressive season in Portugal in which helped Benfica to a league and cup double, and Mourinho sounded delighted to have signed the centre-back.
"Victor is a very talented young player, who has a great future ahead of him at United,” Mourinho said, per Man United’s website.
“Our season last year showed us that we need options and quality to add depth to the squad and Victor is the first to join us this summer. I know that our fantastic group of players will welcome him as one of us."
That was in June. We’re now in October and it’s unlikely Mourinho is as confident about Lindelof as he was back then.
The Swedish defender has struggled for game time at Old Trafford, making just six appearances all season.
He looked fine in the midweek Champions League win over his former side but made a huge mistake in the 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield this afternoon.
Lindelof's error for Huddersfield's second goal
Handed his first start in the Premier League, Lindelof was responsible for Huddersfield’s second goal.
The 23-year-old ducked underneath a long kick from Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossi, allowing Laurent Depoitre in to make it 2-0 to the hosts.
Man United pulled a goal back through Marcus Rashford but were unable to find an equaliser as the Red Devils suffered their first defeat of the season.
And just like that, the odds on Manchester City winning the title just got a whole lot shorter.
Of course, it’s far too early to judge Lindelof just yet. Many players struggle to make the adjustment to the Premier League.
But Man United’s rivals have enjoyed his rough start in England - and one even called it back in July.
Man City fan's tweet about Lindelof from July
A Man City fan on Twitter wrote a hilarious tweet in the summer that will be brought up every time Lindelof makes an error.
“Told you Lindelof was s***, you can't sound like a spell from Harry Potter and be a good footballer at the same time I'm sorry,” the fan wrote.
Ah well. It can only get better from here.
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