Victor Lindelof was quick to express his delight after making a winning return to his former club Benfica for Manchester United in the Champions League.
The Swede continues to miss out on Manchester United’s travails in the Premier League but started his third game in Europe against his former employers.
And he produced a commanding performance alongside Chris Smalling, positioning himself smartly and exuding an air of calm on the ball.
Speaking after the game, Lindelof praised Benfica’s resilience whilst noting he was pleased with his second clean sheet in a Man United shirt.
“It was difficult but Benfica is a good team and they defend well with some experienced players in the team,” he said. “It felt good.”
“I spent five years here it felt good to be back. I didn’t feel anything I felt happy to play and want the team to get the win.”
Perhaps Lindelof’s late introduction at Anfield over the weekend, coupled with his best performance bet in a United shirt at the Estadio da Luz, serves as a precursor for a belated entry into Mourinho’s Premier League plans.
Eric Bailly’s injury opens up a door for the 24-year-old to showcase his elegant style on the domestic stage and you sense the Swede, following two months on the sidelines, is now ready to dive in at the deep end.
And with Marcos Rojo set to return in few weeks, he will need to assert himself sooner rather than later.