Victor Lindelof

Lindelof embraces Mbappe challenge

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has said he is looking forward to the challenge of facing Kylian Mbappe again on Wednesday night.

Lindelof and his United team-mates are in Paris ahead of the second leg of our Champions League last-16 tie against Paris Saint Germain, and need to pull out a huge performance to overturn the 2-0 deficit we suffered in the reverse meeting three weeks ago.

It was Mbappe who bagged the French champions’ second goal in the first leg at Old Trafford, and after seeing him up close and personal, Lindelof is under no illusions what the World Cup winner is capable of.

'I'm looking forward to facing Mbappe' Video

“He’s a world-class player,”
the Swede told MUTV.

“I think everyone knows his quality. He’s shown the world what a great player he is. You always want to play against the best and he is certainly one of the best. 

“So I’m looking forward to it and hopefully I can stop him from scoring.”


Lindelof is in only his second season at United but on this particular trip, he's one of the most experienced players at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's disposal, given the injury situation that has forced the caretaker manager to bring several Under-23 players such as Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood and James Garner.
“I’m only 24, so I can’t say that I feel old,”
said Lindelof.
“But there some very good young players here and it’s a good experience for them.

“I think they are very happy to be here and travel with us and, of course, as a young player you always want to be with the first team and especially to experience the Champions League so I think they are very happy.

“These are the kind of games you want to play,”
he added.
“These are the kind of games you dream about when you are younger, to go out and play the big games, and this is a big game, so I’m really looking forward to it.


Lindelof has been one of the Reds’ star men this campaign, and since Ole took charge in December, the former Benfica man has missed just two games.

“I’m very happy to play,”
he said.
“That’s what I want to do, and that’s what I work for everyday. I’m just happy that I can help the team perform well and I’m just happy to play.

“Right from the start he [Ole] has been helping me. He said to me 'just play your game and do things you're good at’. He's been giving me a lot of confidence to do that and I think that's helped me a lot.”

Walking out at the Parc des PrincesVideo

While United are considered underdogs ahead of Wednesday’s game, Lindelof laughed off suggestions that the Reds cannot overturn the first-leg loss.

“We’re Manchester United, so anything is possible. Of course it is going to be a tough game but we’re coming here to win the game and go through.

“Anything can happen and we know that, so if we can get an early goal things could look good.”


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