It is undeniable that Victor Lindelof has made a terrible start to his career with Manchester United. The defender was expected to be a quality talent following his £31 million transfer from Benfica.
However, in the few matches that he has featured in, the Swede has been prone to committing several embarrassing errors, many of them leading to United conceding most of their few goals so far this season.
The most prominent failure was on show during his dismal substitute performance against Huddersfield Town, which culminated with the Red Devils being defeated 2-1.
Despite this, Mourinho, in a fashion that is typical of the former Chelsea manager, decided to start the 23-year-old against Swansea City in the Carabao Cup.
During the encounter, a touching sight occurred. After Rashford provided the assist to Lingard’s opener, the youngster ran to Lindelof and wrapped a hand around him, in what can only be interpreted as an attempt to raise the spirits of the defender.
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It certainly did help, as United were able to sail to a 2-0 victory, with Lindelof proving impressive in securing the clean-sheet. This is certainly an act more than mature for the simple years of Rashford, who is just 19. But despite that, the encouragement is one that Lindelof won’t forget easily.
Supporters will be eagerly hoping that the Swede will take this as a chance to amend his errors and prove his worth to the Premier League giants. With a host of fixtures spanning in several competitions awaiting United, Lindelof will assuredly get more match time, and he sure will be eager to ensure Mourinho is happy with his performance.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.