Victor Lindelof could be handed central midfield role, suggests Jose Mourinho

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

The 28-year-old completed a move to Old Trafford on July 31 for £40million after winning the Premier League title with the Blues last term.

"You saw that with Chelsea last year - him and Kante were magnificent last year and that allowed Hazard, Fabregas, whoever else was playing that bit of freedom, and I'm hoping he'll do that for United - a bit of freedom for Pogba, Martial, Lingard, Mkhitaryan - these players really need to step up this year".

"They have signed Bakayoko from Monaco to replace Matic, but he has to come in and hit the ground running because Chelsea want to go far in the Champions League and defend the Premier League trophy", Wright told BBC Sport.

"United were crying out for a central midfielder with the qualities of Nemanja Matic".

"We can but we can also play with four in the back", he said.

As for Valencia, who captained United in Michael Carrick's absence against Real, the incredible physical strength of Lukaku, combined with a good level of footballing intelligence, should give the 24-year-old the platform to have a good season.

The 23-year-old is not the finished article, but his energy and physical presence make his ideal for the Premier League.

"I think he brings aggression to United's midfield, which is something they have been lacking".

"It amazes me, why would you sell Matic to Manchester United?".

Fellow summer signing Lindelof struggled at times in a United defence that was missing several players through injury or suspension against Zinedine Zidane's Champions League winners.

"Last season he reminded me at times of when United signed Juan Sebastian Veron".

"When a player leaves a club, you do not normally see a manager speak so glowingly about them", the former England global told Sky Sports.

"It is hard job to play against a team that dominates the possession - and he tried", Mourinho said of his striker. "I think he has good prospects for Chelsea - for now and the future". "They've had an outflux, a lot of players have gone but majority were squad players and young players who probably won't affect the first XI that much".

"They've been very successful over the past 10 to 15 years, so I think you have to have faith in that".

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