first_imgVictor Lindelöf Mourinho ‘more than confident’ in Lindelof ahead of Champions League bow Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 22:05 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) victor lindelof - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v Basel Basel UEFA Champions League José Mourinho The summer signing from Benfica struggled against Real Madrid in his only appearance so far this season but his manager has full confidence in him Jose Mourinho insists he has no concerns about starting Victor Lindelof in Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Basel on Tuesday.The Sweden international, a €35 million signing from Benfica, has not made an appearance since a difficult debut in the 2-1 UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid.United to win to nil – 4/6 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing With Phil Jones and Eric Bailly suspended, Lindelof and Chris Smalling are set to start at the heart of United’s defence against the Swiss champions.But Mourinho believes the 23-year-old is better suited to European competition after regular appearances during his four years in Lisbon.”There is no need for him to adapt to the Champions League but he needs a bit of time to adapt to the Premier league, especially the new Premier League,” Mourinho told a news conference.”He is very bright and very clam and step by step he will be there. I am more than confident for tomorrow [Tuesday], he is a very good player with a very good potential.”Even if Bailly and Jones were not suspended, probably I would still play Lindelof and Smalling. They are at the same level, they are just different players.”Mourinho on Lindelof: “He needs a bit of time to adapt to the Premier League but he’s a very good player with a lot of potential.” #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 11, 2017David de Gea, whom Mourinho confirmed will start the match despite his decision to rotate goalkeepers in the Europa League last season, does not see any problem with playing behind a new defensive partnership.”I feel really well with all my defenders,” he said. “They are all great defenders.”Marouane Fellaini remains a doubt for the match as he has yet to recover from a calf problem picked up while on international duty with Belgium.The midfielder did not train on Monday but Mourinho hopes he will be available, insisting he is a crucial part of his plans.”He had a [calf] problem with his national team and then he played a match against Greece, and after the match he felt the problem. If his condition improves he will be selected, because I need him,” he said.”He’s a very important player for me, much more important than you can imagine.”Jose Mourinho provides an update on @Fellaini in his @ChampionsLeague press conference…— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 11, 2017last_img

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