Manchester United Football Club handed a debut to Victor Lindelof at the Theatre of Dreams last night. After a shaky pre-season, Jose Mourinho made the decision to keep him out of the limelight for a few weeks; but, we finally got to see our new man in action in a competitive game.
I think it’s fair to say that the 23-year-old put in a mixed performance on the night. At times he looked super composed, but in other situations, he struggled and looked like a bag of nerves.
However, one area of his game impressed me the most; his range of passing coupled with a willingness to move forward and try to help out in attack.
This also was highlighted by journalist Rob Dawson, who added that Lindelof wasn’t taking the easy road out by opting for the simple pass – instead, he tried the difficult, more rewarding pass where possible.
Thought Lindelof passed the ball really well last night. Had 96 percent completion. And not just easy passes – to Mkhitaryan and Lukaku.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) September 13, 2017
It’s pretty clear that the one they call ‘The Iceman’ is still a rough diamond, but you can see exactly why Mourinho pulled the trigger to sign him. Lindelof will be allowed time to develop, and the self-proclaimed Special One is a master when it comes to man-management, so I’d fully expect him to get it right with the former SL Benfica man too…