Victor Lindelof is living the Manchester United dream after faith shown in him pays off

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has stated that he is ‘living the dream’ at the Old Trafford club right now. The Swedish international signed for Jose Mourinho’s side in the summer after a £30 million transfer from Portuguese side Benfica. It was a slow start to his United career after some mistakes in pre-season and at the start of the season.

Recently though, Lindelof has found his place in the team, starting the last three matches; the 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in the Emirates FA Cup, the 0-0 draw with Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League and the 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the Premier League. Lindelof feels that he is improving ‘every day’ during his first season at the club.

The 23-year-old has helped his side keep two clean sheets in their last three matches and that will go a long way in the manager trusting the Swede ahead of the remainder of the season. It was suggested that Lindelof and teammate Eric Bailly could be the new chosen central defensive partnership during the summer but so far the pair have played very little together.

During the past few months, Mourinho has defended his summer signing insisting that there was ‘no pressure’ on him at the club. Lindelof, speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the Monday Night Football clash with Crystal Palace in the Premier League, said:

“Coming here to play at this great club has been a dream for me since I was a kid, so yeah – I enjoy it every day. I wake up every day and I’m very happy I get to come here and do what I love. I don’t take anything for granted, I work hard every day.

“I’m just trying to do my best every day, work hard and improve. When you’re given the chance to play, it’s always nice to be out there and help the team, and I’m just happy to be out there doing that.

“We have world-class players in every position and I think that’s very important to have. This club is one of the biggest clubs in the world, so you’re obviously going to have that.”

Lindelof will have learned the demands of the Premier League after making his move from Benfica in the summer. The Swede was a starting regular in the clubs Carabao Cup team, also playing regularly in the Champions League. Mourinho will have foreseen the problems the Swede would face in the Premier League, so he gave him the time to adjust and get up to speed.

The Premier League is a lot more competitive than the league in Portugal, where there is a lot less competition from clubs for titles and eight of the teams in the top flight in Portugal play in stadiums which hold fewer than 10,000 supporters. Adapting to the Premier League is something Lindelof seems to have done already, hence the performances so far. Lindelof said:

“Every game is difficult here. Every opponent is going to work hard, fight for 90 minutes to try to get three points, and that’s what makes the Premier League such a good league, the level of competition. It was a bit different in Portugal, we had only a few big games during the season.

“We want to win as many games as possible and of course, you always want to come first. But if not, second is there, and that’s what we have to work for. We’re improving as a team every day. It’s important for us to play a lot of games, and just keep going.”

Lindelof will likely play his fourth match in a row at Crystal Palace in the Premier League this evening with Mourinho confirming that Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, and Daley Blind are all still out of action following recent injuries. That leaves the Portuguese manager with just Lindelof, Eric Bailly, and Chris Smalling as the experienced central defenders and Bailly has only recently come back from a long-term injury of his own and has not played a substantial number of minutes for his side yet following his return from injury.

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