Manchester United seem to have found a winning formula on Sunday when they were able to complete a stunning 4-0 victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side did face hiccups in the opening minutes when Chelsea’s possession-game was untouchable and a couple of the London side’s good chances ricocheted off the woodwork.
While the heroics of the offense have been lauded over and over again, the work done in the defense seems to have been underrated.
United’s cleansheet came at the back of an impeccable showing from new signings Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire. The English defender partnered well alongside Victor Lindelof and the entire entourage gave David De Gea the apt platform and confidence upon which to make saves from.
Now, one member of the pack may be rewarded as a result.
According to the Mirror, Manchester United are ready to offer Victor Lindelof a bumper new deal. The fresh contract terms will double the Swede’s weekly wages from his current £75,000-a-week deal to a whopping £150,000-a-week package.
The alleged three-year extension will effectively provide Lindelof £46.8 million in wages by the time 2025 rolls around. A predictable 12-month extension clause is also believed to be included.
This proposed move may be an indication of how much Solskjaer is pleased with the defender’s antics along his backline. Lindelof has succeeded in turning around his fortunes at Old Trafford as some of his earlier displays were frankly disappointing and often cost the Red Devils.
However, on Sunday he showed more of the discipline that redeemed his career last season and alongside the ball-playing prowess of Maguire, Lindelof appeared to have found his perfect mojo.
This long-term contract may also be in response to the alleged interest from Barcelona at acquiring his services this summer.
Will this backline mimic the brilliance of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand?