Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told BT Sport that summer purchase Victor Lindelof is a necessity now that Phil Jones is injured.
Jones was sent back to United after joining up with the England squad during the international break, due to a problem, and Mourinho will have to do without him until he's fit again.
Jose tells BT Lindelof is a neccessity as Phil Jones is injured.— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) October 18, 2017
Lindelof, meanwhile, hasn't inspired much confidence from the Portuguese, who prefers the partnership of Jones and Eric Bailly as centre-backs. But Lindelof now has an opportunity to earn the manager's trust.
He was included in the Red Devils' starting lineup against former club Benfica on Wednesday in the Champions League - a game in which United came away with a narrow 1-0 victory - with Chris Smalling partnering him at the back, with Bailly also out.
Benfica boss Rui Vitoria has backed his former player to win Mourinho's favour, describing him as a 'cold' and 'competitive' defender with lots of quality ahead of the match between the two sides.
"He is a very high quality player, he has been playing with Jose Mourinho," the manager said.
“Of course when you move from the Portuguese championship to an English championship, there is a phase, a stage of adaptation.
“I do foresee that in the future Lindelof will be a player of Jose Mourinho's team. He has a lot of value, he is very cold, very competitive and has a great deal of quality.”