Manchester United fans have reacted to Victor Lindelof winning the Swedish Player of the Year award for 2018 on Monday evening. The defender became the first player other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic to win the prestigious award in 11 years.
Lindelof has been a standout performer for José Mourinho’s team this season in what has been a difficult and sloppy start to their campaign, especially defensively. The 24-year-old has started 13 times in all competitions since August which shows the clear trust and confidence the manager has in him. Given the current state of the other United defenders, the team has been highly reliant on Lindelof’s performances, especially in recent weeks where the Red Devils managed to get some good results, most notably the 2-1 win over Juventus in Turin last week.
Lindelof made the move from Benfica to United in the summer of last year and has slowly cemented his place as a first-choice option under Mourinho. The club’s fans have now called on the ownership to give him a recognised and solid defensive partner with Chirs Smalling, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly not being seen as their solution.
Here are some of their reactions on Twitter:
He needs a better partner than smalling. Someone he can learn from, someone who leads the back four so Lindelof can develop. Smalling breads panic. He’d make chiellini or bonucci look like a quivering wreck!
— Paul Tyerman (@ptyerman) November 12, 2018
Lindelof is criminally underrated. He’s been our unsung hero this season.
— James (@mufcszn) November 12, 2018
Congratulations Victor. Sky is the limit for you at Old Trafford.
— DANIEL’SDEN (@chidiMCosigwe) November 12, 2018
Welcom to lindelof fc
— Lindeflop (@lindeflop) November 13, 2018
Well deserved! Keep up lad!
— Kenneth (@kfacun13) November 13, 2018
So worth it. Has been brilliant for the nationals, phenomenal during the World Cup and qualification to it. Taking huge steps in #mufc as well during the year. Will be great in the coming years for both country and club. And on top of that, a great human being
— Jonas Anderson (@JonAndsn) November 12, 2018
He’s be solid the last month, should be a great defender in the next few years just needs to get his head down and understand the English game
— Mike Neville (@MikeJordo2k1) November 13, 2018
Rn he’s our best defender and there is still a lot room for him to improve…
— Ademola Jr (@Xaheed__) November 12, 2018
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