Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has surprised fans by showcasing a skillset lost on many whilst in action for Sweden at this summers European Championships. The 26-year-old is often the subject of criticism but is a mainstay in Janne Andersson’s Sweden side.
Spain dominated proceedings in Seville on Monday evening and Lindelof’s side were often camped inside their own half, but the former Benfica defender was given the all clear to take part in attacking set-pieces.
Alexander Isak caught the eye of the neutrals but Manchester United supporters will have spotted that Lindelof was in charge of taking throw-ins in the final third, punting the ball into the box.
Since when tf did Lindelof take Throw Ins, especially Long Ones 💀 pic.twitter.com/GQueOh57ya
— 𝙎𝙖𝙡𝙢𝙖𝙣 🔰 (@Salmannn____) June 14, 2021
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Lindelof’s precision with the ball at his hands offered Sweden a chance to breathe in transition and keep the ball in Spain’s half, as opposed to chasing shadows for the entire 90 minutes in a boiling setting.
Manchester United rarely resort to taking long throws under Solskjaer but should they find themselves in a position where it’s needed, it looks like they have found themselves their own answer to Rory Delap.