It is no secret that Victor Lindelof is one of Manchester United’s less successful signings. The summer arrival from Benfica was initially touted to be a one-up presence in the United defense, and the transfer fee of £31 million meant that much hope was pinned onto him.
Fast forward to today, and the 23-year-old has managed to cost United goals, clean sheets, and on a couple of occasions, even straight-up losses.
He has improved since his dreadful starting days, but nowhere near enough to ascertain a starting spot, particularly not in the face of massive improvements that the forms of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have seen.
All of this was echoed by an Old Trafford source, who has been quoted by The Sun as saying: “He has dropped off in games while being rotated and that is frustrating for the boss. The others can be trusted, and he can’t just yet.”
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Mourinho has been reportedly eying reinforcements in the form of centre-backs regardless, and the club has been linked with some high-profile names, particularly that of Samuel Umtiti.
The source adds: “Smalling is back in favor and [Mourinho] has some other targets he wants to pursue at the back throughout the summer.”
So what will happen to the Swede in view of this defensive overhaul? The source claims: “Victor has plenty of promise but José is wondering whether to send him out on loan next year.”
This could be the ideal bet for Mourinho, as it wouldn’t waste the potential of the defender on the bench, or worse in the form of mistakes on the pitch, but would rather find regular use of his abilities through the loaned club.
This will double up as an ideal litmus test as to whether the club should hold onto him in the event of a further lack of defenders, or sell him a season later and not lose out on the investment right away.