Man Utd ‘new signing’ set to partner Victor Lindelof next season – Lee Sharpe

Man Utd ‘new signing’ set to partner Victor Lindelof next season – Lee Sharpe

Lindelof, who joined from Benfica for £35m in 2017, looks set to be the only central defender to emerge from this season with any credit.

Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly all face uncertain futures at Old Trafford following difficult campaigns meaning a new face will be needed.

“I think Lindelof has all the qualities to become a world class defender and I’ve been very impressed with how he has improved this season after a shaky start last year,” Sharpe told Sportingbet.

“He is quick and strong and he looks like he loves to defend.

“I think Mourinho really hindered our defence by destroying their confidence and filling them with fear.

“I expect Lindelof to be our first-choice central defender next season, with a new signing alongside him.”

Old Trafford bosses will find it easier to attract talent at the end of the season if they finish in the Premier League top four.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are currently sixth in the table but will boost their chances if they beat Chelsea on Sunday.

“Chelsea at Old Trafford has become Manchester United’s cup final,” Sharpe told Sportingbet.

“They’re one of our main rivals to achieve top four and it is a genuine six-pointer.

“Man Utd need to win that game if they’re to qualify for the Champions League. You’d have to expect six points against Cardiff and Huddersfield, but that will be too little too late if they draw or lose against Chelsea.

“If Manchester United get beaten by Chelsea at Old Trafford then they don’t deserve to be in the top four.”

Sharpe added: “It’s going to be really difficult for Manchester United to qualify for the Champions League.

“If you had asked me a few weeks ago, I would have said we would definitely finish in the top 4, but everything has unravelled so quickly with losses to Wolves and Everton that I think the odds are now stacked against them.

“The only thing that might save Manchester United is that Arsenal and Chelsea have also slipped up otherwise they would be out of sight.”