VICTOR LINDELOF has hailed his boss of several months as the world’s best manager and stated that there is no bad blood between the pair.
The Swedish international is enjoying learning from the master and cites working with him as a ‘pleasure’.
Phil Jones, United’s solid and reliable defender, offered Lindelof an opportunity to step-up to the plate when he picked up an injury against The Terriers, but the 23-year-old lacked confidence and commitment.
Jose Mourinho jumped to his defence and it seems that Lindelof is repaying the favour and heaping praise on the man that brought him on board this summer.
In an interview with United Review, the central defender said: “He’s a very good coach, in my opinion the best in the world, and for me to be able to work with him is a pleasure.”
Lindelof’s performances since he arrive at Old Trafford haven’t been quite the same as what he managed during Benfica’s Champions League campaign, where he caught United’s eyes.
But Mourinho continues to give the £31million signing a chance and this weekend’s fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion is a prime example.
The Portugues boss has announced that Eric Bailly and Phil Jones will miss Saturday’s Premier League match, which menns Lindelof will make the team sheet– after struggling to regularly make it into the first team.
Lindelof is not disillusioned by the quality of players that surrounds him and is all too aware that there are plenty of players waiting in the wing, he said: “We have a very good squad with a lot of depth and good players.”
With Jones injured and a busy fixture list in the run up to Christmas, the Swedish centre-back will have more opportunities to prove that his form against Huddersfield was a one off.
Remaining focused solely on the fixtures ahead, he said: “We have a lot of games coming up and we have to be focused on the recovery between games so that the body can be 100 per cent ready.”
Since he moved from the Portuguese league he has struggled with his confidence in top-flight English football.
But he has assured fans that he is enjoying his time at Old Trafford and is continuing to learn and improve his game, he said: “All of the staff and coaches are great and I am learning a lot from them.
“I’m just trying to do my best to work hard every day and listen to them because they know a lot about football, so it’s about listening and learning.”
The defender will be glad of learning the tricks of the trade from the Portuguese master, after he was snubbed for an award in his homeland.
Despite claiming the title of Sweden’s defender of the year in 2016, he was omitted this year and replaced with Andreas Granqvist.