Victor Lindelof has insisted he has settled in well at Manchester United following his side’s 3-0 win over Valerenga.
The Swede became Jose Mourinho‘s first signing of the summer back in June, arriving from Benfica for a fee of £31m.
But life hasn’t gone so smoothly during the nascent stages of his career, with shaky performances against both Real Madrid and Barcelona proving to be cause for concern to some supporters.
However, the 23-year-old, speaking after a far more accomplished performance in Oslo, has made it clear that the last few weeks have been helpful.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 30, 2017
We shouldn’t as football fans lambast a promising youngster after a couple of pre-season games. In fact, even doing so after a few Premier League games is just as unwarranted.
The nature of our game-by-game way of judging players in this country is brutal and it contributes to the endless failures at major competitions. But this is just the way things are, and Lindelof may need to prepare himself for that.
Because from early evidence, it looks as if Lindelof, whilst talented, may need some time to adapt to the vicissitudes of this country’s high octane footballing culture.
This isn’t a bad thing per se, but actually pretty normal for young foreign imports. It will, however, culminate in people writing him off from the start, pointing out various flaws to his game, and the defender will have to get used to ignoring the wall of noise – a necessary maturing process for any big money signing – as he establishes himself at Old Trafford over the next few months.