Victor Lindelof update: The Manchester United defender was substituted at half time in victory over Turkey.
Manchester United are going through a rough phase at the moment. The side are 8th in the Premier League and lost the first Manchester derby of the season last weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s side emerged at top as they outclassed Manchester United 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Anthony Martial scored the sole goal for United, scoring in his fifth consecutive Premier League game.
Mourinho’s side is below Bournemouth and Watford in the league table. Interestingly, Manchester United defeated both the sides in the league earlier this season.
However, another disappointing news might be awaiting Mourinho and his staff as they aim to return to winning ways in the season. Manchester United’s defender Victor Lindelof was substituted at halftime during the game against Turkey.
Victor Lindelof update:
The defender was substituted at halftime against Turkey, and Janne Andersson, the Sweden’s head coach, stated that Lindelof didn’t ‘feel well.’
“Victor did not feel well but he finished the first half,” Anderson said.
— utdreport (@utdreport) November 17, 2018
Andreas Granqvist, the teammate of Lindelof with Sweden, however, said that Lindelof was unwell before the game as well.
“I think he felt a little bad before the match and felt a bit dizzy when he started. He felt drowsy and without energy and could not continue,” Granqvist said.
Manchester United has been dealt a double injury blow. Following the news that a hamstring injury will prevent Romelu Lukaku from playing in Switzerland for #BEL on Sunday. A reported muscular problem forced defender Victor Lindelof out the game in Turkey this evening. #MUFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) November 17, 2018
The news could come as a blow to Jose Mourinho, who faced a scorching time with his defence ever since the beginning of the season. After a slump in form of Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof emerged as top centre-back pairing for the side.
Lindelof: “I’m very aware of what career, what story I’m writing. I’m just going to show who I am as a player, and as I sit there, old & grey, I can say to all who think that (Lindeflop), good luck, but I’ve written my own story, here I am.” #mufc [Aftonbladet via Sport Witness]
— Man Utd Empire (@Empire_Mu) November 17, 2018
Lindelof has been impressive for Manchester United over the last few weeks. and was key to the side’s victory in the turnaround against Juventus in the Champions League.
Official: Lindelof wins the 2018 Guldbollen award – the best Swedish player of the year #mulive
— utdreport (@utdreport) November 12, 2018
There have been speculations surrounding a defensive overhaul at the club in January, with various reports stating that Mourinho could part ways with his central defensive duo, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo.
Lindelof starting to look like the player we all expected him to be. I’m glad but need the same faith to be put on Eric Bailly.
— * (@degeaoIogy) November 7, 2018
Meanwhile, some reports also claim that Eric Bailly is safe, but Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo could leave the club in January, as United intends to clear space for new defensive signing.