Victor Lindelof is a “very high quality player” and will have a bright future at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho, says Rui Vitoria.
The Benfica boss saw a top talent wrestled from his grasp over the summer as the Red Devils invested £30.75 million in the Sweden international.
Lindelof was expected to step straight into the United fold, but has endured a tough start to life at Old Trafford after struggling to make an impression during pre-season.
He is now being forced to bide his time as he waits for competitive minutes, with Mourinho favouring other options after overseeing an unbeaten start to the 2017-18 campaign.
Vitoria, though, is confident that the 23-year-old will come good, telling reporters ahead of Wednesday's Champions League meeting with United: “He is a very high quality player, he has been playing with Jose Mourinho.
“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.”
Lindelof has made just one cameo appearance in the Premier League to date, having been handed his debut off the bench in the closing stages of last Saturday's 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
His other outings have all come in cup competitions, starting two Champions League fixtures and a Carabao Cup tie.
Mourinho, though, has sought to assure Lindelof that his time will come once fully adjusted to his new surroundings.
He said back in September: "Victor will be given time and no pressure for his evolution.
"He has a very specific position on the pitch and I was saying he needs time, he needs time and he will be given time but also opportunities.
“He needs time, no pressure, but also he needs opportunities. He will prove step by step that he is ready to play."