Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof was one of the standout performers last weekend as he helped his side to a 3-0 win over Tottenham, a result which proved to be Nuno Espirito Santo’s last game in charge of the London club.
The former Benfica defender has been a mainstay in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side for the last two seasons but has seen his minutes restricted this season, partly down to the arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.
He did, however, line up alongside the Frenchman and Harry Maguire against Tottenham but will miss tonight’s Champions League game against Atalanta due to a knock sustained in training.
The issue is not thought to be serious and with next week’s international break just around the corner, Lindelof was called up to Sweden’s vital World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Spain, as confirmed by Sweden’s official Twitter account.
Sweden manager Janne Andersson has now provided an update on his captain, insisting it’s only a minor issue.
“I talked to Victor (Lindelof) today,” Andersson told Fotbollskanalen. “He was not worried about this (the injury), it’s a minor injury. You never know but that conversation felt good.”
SN’s verdict on Victor Lindelof…
Ahead of the season, with Varane joining the club, it very much seemed like Lindelof’s days at Old Trafford could have been numbered.
Manchester United’s poor start to the season provoked a change in formation against Tottenham last weekend and that seems to have benefitted him as he is guaranteed a place when his side plays with three central defenders.
The latest injury is a setback, of course, but a swift return to the side is in everyone’s interest as Solskjaer might have stumbled across the perfect formation for all of his defenders.