Jose Mourinho has insisted that he is pleased with the way both Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku have conducted themselves at Manchester United so far.
Lindelof became the Portuguese’s first singing of the transfer window back in June, arriving for a fee of £31m from Benfica.
And Lukaku, despite being seemingly destined for Chelsea, followed a month later, signing for £75m following a number of prolific campaigns with Everton.
Speaking soon after Man United’s 3-0 win over Valerenga, Mourinho noted that he was happy with the pair’s progression since arriving at Old Trafford.
It is step by step,” he noted when asked about Lindelof. “He needs his time. And we are going to give him time. I’m happy with him.”
And on the subject of Lukaku, Mourinho noted: “It is nice, strikers like to score goals, it isn’t important for me but probably good for his confidence.”
Lukaku has already displayed that inbuilt knack for claiming goals out of nowhere during pre-season, netting against Real Salt Lake, Manchester City and Valerenga. The way in which he can appear to offer very little until eventually leaving the opposition flat-footed with a thunderous strike can not be underestimated. This guy was born to score goals.
The jury remains out on Lindelof, however. The Swede looked uncertain and bereft of any mettle against Real Madrid and Barcelona but does, at the age of 23, deserve more time to settle into the swing of things. That said, he will quickly discover the ruthlessly playground-bully-esque nature of English football soon enough if he doesn’t step up to the mark right away.