Victor Lindelof says he wasn’t even aware of the criticism aimed at him by Jose Mourinho and has since batted off the former Manchester United manager’s comments.
Former United boss Mourinho signed centre-back Lindelof from Benfica for £31million in June 2017, but that did not make the Swede exempt from criticism last weekend.
Speaking on Sky Sports last Sunday, Mourinho said Lindelof can be “bullied” by attackers and is not so strong in the air.
“As Gary Neville was saying and totally right, Lindelof is very, very good in some aspects of the game. But he can be bullied in the one-on-one in the box, he’s not especially good in the air and Maguire has that kind of presence and physicality that is very, very important.”
Lindelof though, whose was part of the side that lost 2-0 at West Ham, says he didn’t even know about Mourinho’s comments and says the sacked United boss is entitled to his opinion, just like everyone else.
“For me it has never been a problem, I’m a very easy guy,” he told Sky Sports.
“There is always going to be someone talking or someone else. When you play for this club there is always going to be people criticising you and the way you play.
“For me it has never been a problem, even when I play good there is someone criticising me for something. It’s part of the job, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
“I’m just trying to do my thing and I don’t focus on those things. I didn’t even notice, or know about it, before you told me. That’s how I live my life and focus on my things.”
Lindelof recently signed a new long-term contract keeping him at United until 2024 and the 25-year-old sees his future at Old Trafford.
“If you are playing for Manchester United [scrutiny] is part of it. If you do not perform you hear about it, it’s quite normal,” he said.
“I could see my future here so that’s why I signed a new contract – I’m really happy about that. We have a good thing going and I still want to win the big trophies with this club, that has been my goal since I signed.”