Sweden manager Janne Andersson has vented his frustration at Jose Mourinho for leaving Victor Lindelof on the periphery of proceedings at Manchester United.
The Swede, who arrived in June for £31m, has only featured against Real Madrid, FC Basel and Burton Albion so far this season.
Mourinho has stressed that Lindelof needs time to adapt to the nature of English football and has only included him in one of his six Premier League match-day squads.
And Andersson, who will call on the 23-year-old for internationals against Luxembourg and the Netherlands, has expressed a measure of discontent at Mourinho’s decision to ostracise one of his key players.
“It’s a frustrating thing in this job, I cannot influence anything,” he said. “It is clear that over time, I want all our players to play as much as possible, at as high a level as possible.
“So over time it’s a little unfortunate. But we’ll see, he has played some matches. We hope that he will be even closer to the team.”
Andersson clearly doesn’t the idea of a defender he earmarked as an option for the World Cup next year spending the majority of his time on the bench – or in the stands – during the preceding campaign, but the fact of the matter is that the club will always hold precedence over the national team.
United is where the real business happens: Lindelof will develop as a footballer and be remembered through what he achieved at club level – specifically at Old Trafford, you sense – and Mourinho, in turn, has every right to treat his new signing how he sees fit.