The Sweden international, who was signed from Benfica for £30.7m last month, struggled to impress during United’s pre-season tour of the states.
Lindelof gave an embarrassing penalty away against Real Madrid in the Red Devils’ first tour match, which highlighted his inexperience against quicker opponents.
Speaking after United’s defeat of Valerenga, the Portuguese said of Lindelof: “[He will improve] step by step. Benfica is a giant club, I always think that players coming from Benfica come mentally ready because it is a big club and the responsibility to play for them makes players ready.
“But the Portuguese league is different and has different qualities. Benfica is one of the dominant teams, so he’s more used to playing with the ball than without the ball, so he needs his time and we are going to give him his time to develop.
“Such a young player needs time. Manchester United is a huge club with huge responsibility; the Premier League is the same. So let’s give him time, but we’re happy with what he is doing, step by step.”
Source: Tribal football