On Sunday, many, including me, might have been surprised to see that Jose Mourinho had opted not to include one of his big summer signings in the eighteen man squad for the visit of West Ham United.
Victor Lindelof was the first of the big three signings made by Jose, with the centre-back arriving at Old Trafford from Portuguese football.
But, with Eric Bailly and Phil Jones facing European suspensions shortly, why was the Swedish centre-back omitted from the squad?
After the fine 4-0 win over a poor West Ham United side, Jose explained why, remarking to the media,
‘I’ve had players coming from different leagues to the Premier League and normally it’s not easy.
‘I brought in 2004 a phenomenal central defender to England: Ricardo Carvalho. He was one of the best central defenders in the last decade of the Premier League, but he struggled.
‘It was difficult for him to adapt in the beginning. I think Victor is a little bit of that and he’s going to have that time.’
So now it`s all crystal clear is it not!