Victor Lindelof is finally starting to find his feet at United.
The Swedish international was a long-term transfer target while at Benfica and finally joined the club in the summer of 2017.
After a disastrous opening season, Lindelof has now forced himself into Jose Mourinho’s plans after an impressive World Cup with Sweden.
The defender was named the Swedish Football of the Year, an impressive achievement to pip Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has won it 12 times.
Lindelof revealed that he speaks in Portuguese with Mourinho and opened up on his relationship with his manager.
“Ever since I came, he told me to do my thing, that’s why I’m here,” he told Aftonbladet.
“It’s been good, but I know I can do more. Especially when we have the ball, I want to show even more what I can do, because people have only seen 50 per cent of what I can do. Mourinho pushes me to believe in myself.”
The 24-year-old then hit back at his critics, including Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport who labelled him ‘Lindeflop’ last week.
“I am very aware of what career, what story I am writing,” he added.
“I’m just going to show who I am as a player, and as I sit there, old and grey, I can say to all who think that [Lindeflop] – good luck, but I’ve written my own story – here I am.”
Lindelof has been part of a United defence that has only kept one clean sheet from their 12 Premier League matches.
The centre-back took a while to adjust to the English top-flight from the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Lindelof took the chance to reflect on what separates his former club with United.
“Benfica is, as you say, an incredibly big club, but United is the world’s largest club,” he said.
“They have supporters all over the world. It’s all around, the advertising and the demands, you should always win.
“It’s all around, which is the big difference.
“Everything is on a completely different level. Benfica is Portugal, United is the world.”