He has struggled for consistency since his summer move from Benfica but the Portuguese boss believes it’ll take him more time to find his feet and only played in the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid because Phil Jones and Eric Bailly were both suspended.
The Swede was lest out of the 4-0 win over West Ham United even though many expected him to start alongside Eric Bailly, however, speaking after the game, the Portuguese boss has explained why he was not in action.
“I think Real Madrid [in the UEFA Super Cup] was too early for him,” said Mourinho. “He played because Jones and Bailly were both suspended.
“I’ve had players coming from different leagues to the Premier League and, normally, it’s not easy. It’s different for Lukaku and Matic as they have had years and years in the Premier League.
“I brought Ricardo Carvalho to Chelsea in 2004 and he was a phenomenal defender, one of the best central defenders in the Premier League, but he struggled. It was difficult for him to come in and adapt in the beginning.
“I think Victor needs a little bit of time and he is going to have that time. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not a defender but, last season, he needed his time too. So let’s go step by step because Victor is a fantastic player.”
He looked shaky in pre-season and I completely trust Mourinho’s decision-making, especially after he helped Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial improve their game in the same way.