Sky Sports pundits Paul Merson and Jeff Stelling have slammed the performance of Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof in his side’s 2–1 defeat Huddersfield Town.
Lindelof replaced the injured Phil Jones around the 25th-minute mark and his introduction coincided with the period of six minutes in which Man United conceded twice to promoted side Huddersfield.
The second goal, in particular, was down to Lindelof’s defensive errors as he mistimed a header from a Huddersfield long ball and allowed Lauren Depoitre to score the Terriers’ second.
Commenting on the goal, Arsenal legend Merson said: “What a bad goal. The keeper has a goal kick, kicks it out of his hands. Big high-kick, Lindelof tries to head it, he misses it completely.”
Stelling added to his colleague’s explanation, saying: They had only scored one in their previous seven and they’ve scored two in the first 33 minutes against Manchester United.”
The Sky Sports presenter added, “[that is] shocking defending from Lindelof having just come on as a substitute.”
Lindwlof joined United for £30.7million from Benfica in the summer but has had a rough start to his career at Old Trafford.
Coming on as a sub against Huddersfield, it was just a second appearance for the Swede, having be played solely in the UEFA Champions League by manager Mourinho due to the style of play in European games being something that Lindelof is more accustomed to.
The 22-year-old must improve if he is to make it at United. He’s yet to impress in the air and physically, and yet his ballplaying abilities for which he was signed have not been truly demonstrated as of yet.