Victor Lindelof has opened up about his ‘tough’ start to life at Manchester United, admitting he wants more time on the pitch over the next few weeks.
The 23-year-old became Jose Mourinho’s first signing of the summer back in June after arriving from Benfica for £31m but failed to impress during pre-season and was criticised for his performance against Real Madrid earlier this month.
Mourinho recently admitted that the Swede wasn’t ready to face a team of Madrid’s calibre and hasn’t handed him a minute of action in the Premier League so far this season.
And Lindelof, reflecting on the nascent stages of his career, has made it clear that he wants more chances to prove himself in the coming weeks.
“It’s clear that you always want to play,” he said. “It’s tough competition with very good players. So we’ll see how it gets, but of course you always want to play.”
“I have just got to the club. The last training week has gone very well and I feel I’m getting into it more and more.”
The 54-year-old has recently confirmed that Lindelof will receive a chance to feature against Basel in the Champions League but his prospects for a regular spot are murky.
Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are currently irreplaceable after picking up three clean sheets in a row and Chris Smalling is still seen as the primary back-up option. Lindelof finds himself as fourth choice after less than a month of the new campaign.
He simply has to take advantage of the chances that come his way over the next few weeks.