Manchester United stalwart admits to chat over shrinking first-team prospects

Date published: Friday 3rd September 2021 2:34 - Matthew Briggs

Victor Lindelof Bruno Fernandes Man Utd May 2021

Victor Lindelof has revealed he has spoken to Sweden head coach Janne Andersson about his uncertain future at Manchester United.

The 27-year-old central defender has three years remaining on his contract at Old Trafford, but his first-team chances have been diminished by the arrival of Raphael Varane.

Lindelof featured 45 times for United last season and was Harry Maguire’s central defensive partner. But despite a good start to this season and starting against Leeds and Southampton, he made way for Varane against Wolves.

United’s new £35m signing from Real Madrid was building up his fitness after arriving in mid-August. But he was thrown into the action at Molineux on August 29 and partnered Maguire in a 1-0 win.

It left Lindelof on the bench and the Sweden star has admitted he has spoken to Andersson about his future.

“Obviously I talked to the coach [here]. It is only good that at Manchester United we get new players into the club,” Lindelof said after captaining Sweden to a 2-1 win over Spain on Thursday.

“I think it is good for the team that we get those good players, but of course we [Andersson] have been talking.

“It was the greatest honour to lead Sweden out there [as captain] against Spain. So, of course, I was very proud of the team and the guys.

“For me to be captain and for the first time for such a match, it was an amazing feeling for me and to top it off with a win was very special.”


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Lindelof reveals back issues

Lindelof has revealed he has been playing through the pain barrier at Old Trafford.

The former Benfica man says he has had a niggling back injury, which forced him to cut short his international duty in March.

The defender added: “I have played a lot the last two years and last year I had big problems with my back and played with pain.

 

“My back feels good now, there will probably be no problems. But I do not think I will play 50, 60 matches.

“Of course, you feel it, it is clear there is a very good atmosphere in the club. Everyone is looking forward to getting him (Ronaldo) into the team. It will be fun and I think he will add a lot.

“I think the squad looks very good. It feels good, we have a good atmosphere in the team and the Premier League is always a tough league.

“But we will do everything we can to win the title. That is the goal.”

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