Victor Lindelof delivered another classy display on the ball during Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with West Ham United.
The defender was deployed on the right hand side of a back three in what was a game largely played out in third gear, with West Ham safe and Man United only needing a point to secure second place.
And he looked totally unruffled throughout, dispatching the ball with panache and hardly ever finding himself out of position.
Lindelof’s numbers from the game reflect what was a gathered, calm and collected showing on the ball in East London.
Lindelöf’s game by numbers vs. West Ham:
69% passes forward
92% pass accuracy
100% dribbles completed
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) May 10, 2018
This can hardly be described as a breakthrough season for Lindelof, whose early teething problems, occasional injury woes and Jose Mourinho‘s inexplicable preference for Chris Smalling have reduced him to just 14 Premier League starts this term.
But the foundations have certainly been laid. Lindelof begun his United career looking flustered in the Macedonian heat against Real Madrid but now, eight months on, looks far more comfortable in his skin, slowly but surely acclimatising to the expectations of the English game – especially when it comes to positioning, which was simply all over the place to start with.
His job next season will be to start owning the shirt as a United player.