Victor Lindelöf impressed Manchester United fans with his on-the-ball quality against FC Basel in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.
The Swedish centre-back was making his first appearance since the UEFA Super Cup on August 8th. While Man United fans remain uncertain that he can penetrate the confident and solid partnership of Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, Lindelöf’s ability to pass forward stood out.
However, the 22-year-old did have a couple of moments where he made David de Gea work a little harder than necessary.
Forget about defending it is what Lindelof offers in getting the ball forward that is most impressive. Confident start from him. Good vision
— Anna_MUFC (@mufc_anna) September 12, 2017
Decent debut by Lindelof
A couple passes through the lines, which I was looking forward to
Nothing special, but a clean sheet
— Nate (@RedNat91) September 12, 2017
Lindelof has been ok tonight. One or two shakey moments, clearly still finding his feet. Good game to ease him in. Impressive in possession.
— KevLT (@KevLVT) September 12, 2017
Lindelof been brilliant today
— ‘ DMF ???????? (@DMFv2) September 12, 2017
I was impressed with Victor Lindelof tonight, He was calm on the ball, He’s a work in progress in my opinion, Give him time etc
— Matthew (@Carrick4united) September 12, 2017
José Mourinho has been clear that Lindelöf is simply taking some time to get used to the football played in the Premier League. It’s unlikely he’ll come in for Jones or Bailly based on Tuesday night’s performance, but it’s a positive step for the Swede.
Other fans weren’t completely convinced by Lindelöf’s performance.
Barring all the positives, Lindelof looked shaky off the ball today. Needs to improve to play regularly #MUFC
— Kaustubh Pandey (@TheFootyMad) September 12, 2017
— Matthew Galea (@mg91) September 12, 2017
He’ll now be waiting for his Premier League debut. Mourinho spoke pre-match of how Lindelöf would find it easier to play for United in the Champions League at this stage, due to the competition having more similarities with the Portuguese league, where Lindelöf played for Benfica.
Mourinho will be intent on using his full options in defence this month, with seven months in September as the Champions League continues and the Reds’ defence of the EFL Cup begins, and so Lindelöf should see some more action.