April 14, 2019
Since arriving at Manchester United in the summer of 2017, Victor Lindelöf has been a common name on the squad-sheet for the club and has developed into a fairly impressive player on the pitch.
Lindelöf’s arrival at the club, unfortunately, did not render an impressive start to his career at United, as he did make twenty-nine total appearances for the club in all seasons, but struggled in the Premier League primarily as his seventeen appearances weren’t quite to the United standard.
However, the now twenty-four-year-old centre-back was able to get his form turned around throughout this season and has started to emerge as a reliable defender in the United squad.
Lindelöf’s improvement seemed to be parallel with the hiring of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and since that change, the Swedish national has already made nineteen appearances in all competitions, clocking just over seventeen-hundred minutes of playtime since mid-December.
While his performance since December has been an improvement, the 2018/2019 season has been a much better overall season for Lindelöf. The defender has been credited to over a hundred clearances, recoveries, and duels won and has been credited with fourteen wins this season, nine of those being under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Nearing 25, Lindelöf has the potential to be a candidate in the debate about who may be leading the club on the pitch as the club goes through a rebuilding phase.
As the defender grows and moulds into a reliable player, he has the opportunity to compete within the squad for the captain’s spot, as no one has been set in stone as the captain. If Lindelöf earned this spot he could potentially lead the club into what could be the next resurgence of United in Europe.
Lindelöf has already gained the attention of some United alumni, as Rio Ferdinand recently told 90minabout how he can see certain similarities between Lindelöf and himself, which was Lindelöf’s calmness.
“He’s very calm, never flustered. But I think in his first season, for a foreign player to come here from a league that’s not as challenging as this one, in Portugal, I think it’s difficult.”
Ferdinand also went on to discuss the character of Lindelöf.
“He’s shown character. that’s a huge thing you need to be able to play for Manchester United, [you need to have] a good, strong character. His career at United didn’t start well, but he’s shown the character to come through that.”
Given the fact that players such as Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo are creeping up to their thirties, United will soon be looking to establish younger defenders as reliable members of the first team. With the potential of a clear-out as well, there is no telling as to who has been targeted by Solskjaer and Ed Woodward to exit the club.
Both situations potentially clear a path for Lindelöf to work his way into a captaincy at Manchester United, however, and it is up to Lindelöf to capitalize on what could be a legacy-making opportunity for the young player.
Written by Joel Dulka