Victor Lindelof has been voted as Manchester United’s ‘Player of the Month’ for November – his first since joining the club in 2017.
He produced an especially indomitable performance in the 2-1 win over Juventus, and even played through an injury during the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.
❄️ A stellar month for the Iceman! ????
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 30, 2018
On paper, you would not think that Lindelof was improving and exciting supporters with his performances. Man United are, it must be said, leaking goals in a way they weren’t last season, but the reasons for that go deeper than just one player.
What matters is that Lindelof now suits the United shirt. Last year, he looked almost scared, unsure of himself and his surroundings, flitting in and out of the team.
Now, however, there is an air of command about him, combining a mixture of steely defensive menace with ice-cold composure to produce not just effective but often classy performances. Perhaps no United defender has used the ball better than Lindelof since the days of Rio Ferdinand (or Daley Blind at times). He can be lovely to watch. How often do you say that about a United defender post Ferguson?
Supporters will desperately hope to see him back from injury as soon as possible.