Victor Lindelof came up with a stellar performance for Sweden in a comfortable 4-0 win against Belarus on Sunday.
Despite Manchester United boasting a good defence in the 2016-17 season, Jose Mourinho’s first signing of the summer was Victor Lindelof from Benfica, for a reported transfer fee of £30.7 million.
Considering the defensive injury woes that United faced last season, Lindelof was expected to be the ideal man to partner Eric Bailly for the new campaign. And the Swedish International did start in United’s Super Cup clash against Real Madrid, but had a very bad game, as he struggled to keep up with Los Blancos’ pace and movement.
There is no denying that his performance against the La Liga Champions sent United fans into a meltdown, and after the poor show, he has been left out of the United’s first three Premier League matches, failing to even make the substitutes’ bench on two of those occasions.
With Eric Bailly and Phil Jones impressing for the Red Devils by keeping three consecutive clean sheets, and Chris Smalling also vying for a starting spot, it seemed that Lindelof had to come up with something special to knock the door for first-team football again.
Victor Lindelof with a virtual assist for Sweden's third goal today. Great delivery. pic.twitter.com/bnnygRvUDW
— José (@MourinhoMindset) September 3, 2017
And now, the defender has done just that, by producing an astonishing performance in Sweden’s 4-0 win against Belarus on Sunday. Lindelof provided a brilliant pass that eventually ended up resulting in his side’s third goal of the night, and also played a key role in ensuring a clean sheet.
He totally looked like a different player at the Borisov Arena, and it shall be interesting to see whether Jose Mourinho starts him against Stoke City on Saturday.
If the 23-year-old fails to make it into the starting lineup for the Red Devils’ upcoming Premier League game, he could very well start in United’s upcoming Champions League fixture against Basel, as both Phil Jones and Eric Bailly will face their suspensions against the Swiss side.
Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam
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