Manchester United head-coach Jose Mourinho admits he’s been ‘punishing’ Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelof but says he expects him to improve this season.
Former Benfica defender has struggled during his debut season at Old Trafford and made just 17 Premier League games following a £30million switch from the Portuguese giants.
Mourinho was determined to sign an experienced defender but the club’s board decided to stick with Swedish star as they refused to sign Toby Alderweireld and Jerome Boateng.
Lindelof had an impressive World Cup season and Jose Mourinho expects from him to continue development and transfer in one of the key players for the Red Devils starting XI.
‘We have five central defenders, all of them have different qualities and we have to read the situation match by match, but of course Victor is the youngest one so has more space to develop and improve,’ said Mourinho.
‘Technically Victor is good. I am ‘punishing’ him a little bit because I play him on the left side. He is better on the right side but so are the others and my option is to put him on the left because technically he is the best so he is the one that can compensate the fact it’s not his real position
‘I expect him to feel more comfortable in the Premier League. If you remember, he had good matches last season in the Champions League, in Lisbon, in Moscow. It looked like he was more ready for continental football. But he’s a young guy and has conditions to improve. I believe in Victor.’
The Red dEvils beat Leicester City on the opening weekend and take on Brighton on Sunday.