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Victor Lindelof responds to Jose Mourinho criticism on key part of his game

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has addressed the criticism received by former boss Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho signed Lindelof in 2017 from Benfica, but questioned the Swedish international’s vulnerability in the air whilst doing punditry work for Sky Sports.

Lindelof has had a shaky start to the season for the Reds, and was at fault for goals in both the Crystal Palace and Southampton matches.

However, the 25-year-old is forming an encouraging partnership with new signing Harry Maguire at centre-back, and says he does not let the criticism affect him.

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“For me it has never been a problem, I’m a very easy guy,” Lindelof said on 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.

“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.”

Whilst Lindelof is right not to be fazed by criticism, his ability in the air was correctly pointed out by Mourinho as a key weakness in his game.

His troubles in the air have been exposed this season and it’s a part of his game he has to work on the maintain his place in the team.

Axel Tuanzebe, who captained the Reds in Wednesday’s League Cup game against Rochdale, will be looking to push Lindelof for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team.

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