Victor Lindelof.

Jose Mourinho explains the one key thing he's doing to help restore Victor Lindelof's confidence

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It has been something of a baptism of fire in the last four days for Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof.

The Swedish international - who was brought in from Benfica in the summer for £35m - endured a torrid time at the weekend in the 2-1 loss to Huddersfield.

Lindelof was brought on to replace the injured Phil Jones and shortly after his arrival, he made a glaring error.

He misjudged Jonas Lossl's goal kick, allowing Lauren Depoitre to take it past David De Gea and slot into an empty net.

Nevertheless, Jose Mourinho reportedly aimed his rage after the game at the more senior players due to Lindelof's inexperience in the English top-flight.

In Tuesday's Carabao Cup tie against Swansea, the manager showed faith in the summer arrival by including him from the start and he seemed to improve in the 2-0 win.

It was better from United as a whole and Mourinho revealed after the game that he has a plan to help restore confidence in Lindelof; play him in a back three.


"The kids are always the kids so when they play it is nice, it is good, when they perform well it is even better," Mourinho told MUTV. "I think they both had good performances especially Scott, who has a big influence in the game in a crucial area.

"Behind I tried to give Axel good protection. I decided to play with three because Victor was not coming with his confidence levels very, very high, so I decided to play both with the experience of Smalling and we were ok.


"It was good for the players to get confidence."

His tactic seemed to work, with Lindelof and the other defenders looking far more assured.

Many have been quick to already label the Swede a flop, with even United fans turning on him in the wake of the humiliating loss to Huddersfield.

But, they must remember that the 23-year-old still has so much time in order to adjust to his new environment.

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