Jose Mourinho has revealed that he dropped summer-signing Vincent Lindelof against West Ham due to his below-par performance in the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid.
Mourinho says that the Swedish defender will need time to adjust to the rigours of Premier League, and he will be gradually eased into action.
He said: “Real Madrid was too early for him. It’s not easy coming to the Premier League.
“Ricardo Carvalho – one of the best defenders in this league and it was difficult for him to adapt.
“Victor needs a little bit of time. We’ll give him that time. Let’s go, step-by-step.”