Victor Lindelof has been discussing his favoured position after agreeing a four year deal with Manchester United earlier this week.
The Swedish international, who claimed another Primeira Liga title last season, arrived at Old Trafford for a fee of £30.7m on Wednesday.
And Lindelof has noted that, while centre back is his preferred role, he can fill in at right back as well.
“I think I’m quite a calm player,” he said. “I like to have the ball at my feet. I think I’m quite good with the ball and at reading the game, and I give my players in front of me quite a calmness knowing I’m back there trying to protect them as well as I can.
“My position is a centre-back but, like you said, I was playing right-back before and started my footballing career as a midfielder. But I see myself as a central defender. I feel most comfortable there.”
Lindelof is the kind of centre back you can easily imagine dictating proceedings at the base of midfield, such is the youngster’s remarkable level headedness and composure with the ball at his feet.
He likes to bring the ball out of defence and play through the lines – a trait that will, no doubt, help to give Paul Pogba some crucial extra few moments in possession. And placing him alongside the rambunctious, no-nonsense Eric Bailly would invoke a beautiful blend of craft and muscle that will only improve with time.