Victor Lindelof confirms the Premier League is a tough league but he’s settling in at Manchester United

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has confirmed that the Premier League is a lot tougher than the Primeira Liga in Portugal but insisted that he is learning every day at the Old Trafford club. The Swedish international has bonded with his teammates and in the past few matches, has seen his confidence grow severely after a tough start to the career at the club. Jose Mourinho signed the 23-year-old from Benfica in a £30.75 million deal in the summer, the second defender the Portuguese manager has brought to the club.

The Swede, after a number of confident performances, was awarded the Man of the Match award after the 1-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League, before he really got stuck in when Mourinho changed the formation with three defenders against both Watford and Arsenal. United won both matches; 4-2 at Vicarage Road and 3-1 at the Emirates as United looked to confirm their place in the UEFA Champions League against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday evening, five days before the first Manchester derby of the season.

Lindelof was part of the clubs pre-match press conference on Monday, the player gave credit to Mourinho and his teammates for his progress at the club so far this season. Reported by the official Manchester United website, the Swede said:

Well I think when you come to a new club, you always have to learn. I’m still learning, I learn every day and I’m working hard to try to help the team.

“I speak with the manager, he’s been very good for me and I think I can learn a lot from him and also the other coaches. So we talk and it has been good.

“The whole team have helped as well. We always try to help each other. For me I cannot just pick one. I think the whole team has been very good since I arrived and helped me in a lot of ways.”

Lindelof was asked about the differences he has noticed between the Premier League and the Primeira Liga with the Swedish international saying:

“I would have to say the league we play in here, the Premier League, is a tougher one than the Portuguese league. As for the differences, it’s two big clubs. 

“Here in Manchester, at Manchester United, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world and you have more eyes watching you. That’s the thing I would say is the biggest difference.”

United manager Jose Mourinho was asked about the defender’s progress at the Old Trafford club during the press conference with the Portuguese manager praising his £30.75 million summer signing, saying:

“He’s like the team. When the team plays well, he plays well. When the team doesn’t play well, he doesn’t play so well. So the mistakes he had in matches were not mistakes against the level of the team. When he made mistakes it was when the team was playing bad.”

United face CSKA Moscow at 19:45 GMT in the UEFA Champions League at Old Trafford this evening, before welcoming noisy neighbours Manchester City to the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday 10th December 2017; KO 16:30 GMT. United will complete their trio of home matches by hosting Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Wednesday 13th December 2017; KO 20:00 GMT. United will be seeking to win all three home matches, keeping their 100% record alive this season.

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