Rui Vitoria: Victor Lindelof has a great deal of quality

Rui Vitoria: Victor Lindelof has a great deal of quality

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Benfica manager Rui Vitoria has backed his former player to succeed at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho after a period of adaptation.

Victor Lindelof faced his former team as the Red Devils went head to head with the Portuguese club in the Champions League.

Thanks to a Marcus Rashford effort, Lindelof and his teammates celebrated a 1-0 result with the Swede having his best game yet as a United player.

Nemanja Matic was the one who officially won the player of the match award but there were many fans calling out for Victor to be the one chosen.

The centre-back came in for the absent Phil Jones and slotted in well to the first eleven, playing alongside Chris Smalling in a defence that kept a clean sheet.

According to The Sport Review, Rui Vitoria is quoted as saying by the Daily Star: “He is a very high quality player, he has been playing with Jose Mourinho.

“Of course when you move from the Portuguese championship to an English championship, so there is a phase, a stage of adaptation.

“But I do foresee that in the future Lindelof will be a player of Jose Mourinho’s team. He has a lot of value, he is very cold, very competitive and has great deal of quality.”

The defender’s ball playing skills were on show for everyone to see as he found his teammates plenty of times in dangerous positions.

When Lindelof first moved to United there were some experts predicting that Mourinho was going to use him in a midfield role instead.

They were pointing to Victor’s vision, passing and stature as reasons to why he’d succeed in the middle of the park for his new team.

However, Matic was later brought into the club and those rumours were quickly put to bed as the Serbian excelled in front of his defenders.

The Swedish international though will be looking to continue putting in good performances in order to secure a first team spot before any of Eric Bailly, Phil Jones or Marcos Rojo return.

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