The Swede officially became a Man United player last Wednesday, signing a four year contract worth £30.7m after impressing during Benfica’s march to the Primeira Liga title.
Mourinho often personally speaks with transfer targets before making attempts to sign them and reportedly has done the same with Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.
And Lindelof, speaking to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, reflected on the exchange he had with the 54-year-old prior to switching Lisbon for Manchester.
“We talked on the phone,” he said.
“He told me about the club and everything around it. He also talked about how he looks at me and why he wants me at the club.”
We should not underestimate the importance of Lindelof’s arrival – not just because Mourinho now has a defensive partnership capable of enduring and growing over the next few years, but also because United, following years of failed attempts, have finally signed somebody from Benfica following a long string of failed attempts to sign players like Ezequiel Garay and Oscar Cardozo.
Lindelof needed this move to take his career to the next level, and United, in turn, needed a ball-playing defender capable of offering more than Chris Smalling or Daley Blind ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.