Victor Lindelof opens up on his relationship with Jose Mourinho

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Sweden international Victor Lindelof insists he has a 'good dialogue' with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho despite a slow start to his Old Trafford career.

The 23-year-old joined the Mancunian giants earlier in the summer after they paid up a £30m fee to Portuguese champions Benfica.

Lindelof has since managed just four appearances for the Red Devils across all competitions, none of which have come in the Premier League. Speaking to Swedish outlet Expressen, the young defender admitted that all is well between him and the manager, irrespective of his limited playing time, he said: "It’s between me and him. But we talk and have a good dialogue. I feel no stress. I’m at one of the world’s best clubs, it’s clear that it’s a tough competition – but I have the time it takes."

The Swede has found himself on the substitutes' bench occasions in the Premier League this term, and Mourinho has recently insisted that there is no pressure on Lindelof due to his absence, he said: "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."

Lindelof has been treated in a similar way to Henrikh Mkhitaryan last term, where the Armenian had problems adapting to the rainy climate in Manchester. Mkhitaryan has since become one of the club's most influential players behind only Romelu Lukaku, and Lindelof could take it as a motivation in order to become a regular in the Premier League.

Mourinho is likely to rotate his squad when the Red Devils enter the busy phase of the campaign, and Lindelof stands every chance of making his top-flight debut before the turn of the year. Lindelof has helped Manchester United to just one clean sheet which came in the 3-0 Champions League win over Basel last month.