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Victor Lindelof in action for United

Lindelof: I've already improved at United

Victor Lindelof feels he has become a better player during his first eight months as a Manchester United player.

The Swedish defender arrived at the club from Portuguese side Benfica last summer and, by his own admission, he took time to adapt to the rigours of English football.

However, he became a regular starter at centre-back in November, after Eric Bailly was sidelined with an ankle injury, and more recently he has partnered Chris Smalling in the last three games with United conceding just once during that period.

Victor Lindelof competes for the ball with Alvaro Morata during the Reds' win over Chelsea.
Lindelof was a solid performer in defence during the Reds' 2-1 win over Chelsea last weekend

“I’m always happy to help the team,” Lindelof told MUTV, ahead of what could be his 24th appearance for United in all competitions - Monday's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.

“As a player, you always want to play games and that’s what I’ve been doing over the last few games and I’m very happy that I can help the team on the pitch.”

Victor Lindelof on the training ground.
Lindelof joined United from Portuguese side Benfica last summer

When asked how the adaptation process has been for him over the last few months, Lindelof said: “I think it’s been good. I think everywhere you go, it’s always going to take some time to adapt but I feel good.

Every day I work out and I work hard to try to help the team. I’m always trying to be myself on the pitch and trying to do what I think I can do well.

“Of course, I think I’ve become a better player since I came here. I’m basically still the same type of player as I was when I came here, so I’m just trying to improve on those things that I’m already good at. I think I develop every day.”

Still relatively young in football terms at the age of 23, Lindelof puts his daily development down to a combination of playing with United's established stars and working with Jose Mourinho and the coaches.

“I think it’s a mixture,” he said. “We have a lot of good players here, we train every day with each other and you can learn from everyone in the team. Then of course, I have all the coaching staff who help me and the team every day.”

MUTV will show exclusive build-up to Monday’s game from 18:00 GMT on the Match Day show.

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