Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelöf has admitted that he misses his former manager José Mourinho, admitting that he owes the Portuguese head coach a lot following their time together at Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old made 45 appearances under Mourinho during their spell together at Manchester United, where Lindelöf featured in a UEFA Super Cup and FA Cup final.
Lindelöf, who's just been named as Sweden's Player of the Year for the second season in a row, admitted that he's missed Mourinho's since his departure from Manchester United last year and praised the 56-year-old for having a major impact on his career.
"He is, after all, one of the world’s best coaches and he is supposed to have a job at one of the biggest clubs. I miss him in football," Lindelöf told Aftonbladet.
"He’s a great coach and a great person, whom I owe a great deal. It was he who gave me the chance here, who brought me into everything. I have all the respect in the world for him and appreciate everything he has said and done for me, from scolding to a hug."
Lindelöf has grown to become one of Manchester United's most important players since his arrival from S.L. Benfica in 2017, establishing himself as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League.
His performances over the last few years have been recognised back in Sweden too, and Lindelöf recently picked up Sweden's Guldbollen award for the second year in a row.
Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimović had an 10-year spell as Sweden's best player, while Andreas Granqvist broke tradition when he picked up the award in 2017.
But Lindelöf has now become the only player other than Ibrahimović in history to win the Guldbollen in back-to-back seasons.
"It is hard to explain. I am very happy and proud," Lindelöf told United's official website after receiving the award. "Now it will be even more hard work, I have many years left in my career and may be able to take home some more.
"As a player, you don't go around thinking about it, you just do the best for your team, then you become happy when they call and announce that you've got the prize. It means a lot."