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Lindelof still adjusting to the demands of life at Man Utd

8:01 pm AEDT 5/12/17
Victor Lindelof Manchester United
The Swedish defender endured a difficult start to his time at Old Trafford, but has shown encouraging signs of late as he begins to feel more settled

Victor Lindelof concedes that he is “still learning” how to handle the demands of life at Manchester United following a big-money transfer.

The Swedish defender became Jose Mourinho’s first signing of the summer when completing a £30 million switch from Benfica.

The 23-year-old arrived at Old Trafford as a man tipped for a bright future, but endured early struggles in pre-season and quickly tumbled down the pecking order.

Lindelof had to wait until November 18 before being handed his first Premier League start, but there have been encouraging signs of late to suggest that he is ready to start showing his true colours.

“Always when you come to a new club you have to learn and I'm still learning,” Lindelof told reporters ahead of the Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow.

“I'm learning every day and I work hard every day to try to help the team.

“I speak with the manager and he's been very good for me. I can learn a lot from him and also the other coaches, so we talk sometimes and it's been good.

“I would have to say the main difference is the Premier League, it's a tougher league than the Portuguese league.

“There are two big clubs, but here in Manchester United it's one of the biggest clubs in the world and you have more eyes watching you. I'd say that's the biggest difference.”

United’s switch to a back three has aided Lindelof’s adjustment, with there less pressure on him in a defensive trio as there is as part of a centre-half pairing.

“I'm always happy to help the team in any way I can, so of course I'm very pleased to be able to help the team on the pitch and get some good results,” he added.

“I like to play in both a back three and a back four. I play the way the manager wants me and the team to play, so for me it doesn't matter, I like to play both systems.

“The whole team, we always try to help each other, so for me, I cannot pick just one player. The whole team has been very good since I arrived and helped me in a lot of ways.”

Lindelof will be hoping to remain on his upward curve heading into the busy festive period, with United set to follow their CSKA clash with a derby date at home to Manchester City.