New role for Lindelof in training

Thursday 02 February 2023 10:45

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has spoken about defender Victor Lindelof potentially becoming an option as a defensive midfielder.

The Sweden centre-back has played 212 times for the Reds since signing in 2017. He came off the bench in United’s 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest to replace Casemiro and took his position as a shield protecting the back four. Lindelof has played that position in the past for former club Benfica.

With several midfielders missing through injury, namely Christian Eriksen, Scott McTominay and Donny van de Beek, Erik ten Hag may have to look at alternatives in his squad to fill the role.

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Speaking in his press conference after the game, the manager believes Lindelof's previous experiences as a no.6 can provide United with plenty of depth for our upcoming league games against Crystal Palace and Leeds United.

"Lindelof was educated as a six, as a controlling holding midfielder at Benfica, so I know he can do that and we already tried it before in training and maybe in one game," explained Ten Hag. "But also, there I also want my centre-halves playing sometimes in midfield positions so that we create different dynamics.

"So it's just to construct more dynamic in the team."