Lindelof: I know what it means to sign for United
Victor Lindelof is ready to help Manchester United's new signings settle in as the Reds continue preparing for the 2019/20 campaign.
The Sweden centre-back is embarking on his third campaign at the club, having joined from Benfica in the summer of 2017, and he's keen to help this summer's fresh faces feel at home.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has focused on acquiring young, hungry players in the transfer window so far, with winger Daniel James arriving from Swansea City and defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka coming in from Crystal Palace. Both are aged 21, just a year younger than Lindelof was when he made his high-profile move to Manchester.
“As a team, we always try to help the new signings to settle in as quickly as possible,” said Victor, at Tuesday's press conference for the Leeds United clash - another game that will be shown live on MUTV.
“It's my third season here now, I've been through it, I know what it is to sign for this club and to play for it, and of course to get a little bit of criticism sometimes. That's part of the game.But like I said before, it's not just me, everyone in the team is trying to help the new guys.
In his debut season as a Red, Victor started only 13 of the 38 Premier League games but this tally for last term increased to 29. The Swede feels his performances improved and after United fans crowned him as the club's Player of the Month for November 2018, thousands more voted for him again as he finished runner-up to Luke Shaw in the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year poll.
While the defender acknowledges the progress he made last season, Victor's focus is very much on looking forward to the new campaign.
“Of course last season was a better season for me and I performed better than I did in my first year here,” he added.
“I'm very happy to be a Manchester United player and I'm really looking forward to this season. I'm very excited for a new season to start.”
“I'm just trying to do my best every day and help the team. That's what I work hard for every day, to go out there on the pitch and perform and help the club win games.”
The Reds are gearing up to face Leeds United for the first time since a League Cup third-round tie in 2011. Victor is fully aware of the fierce rivalry between the two clubs and is hoping to play a part when the match takes place at Optus Stadium on Wednesday (12:00 BST).
“Yes of course I know about the rivalry and the history. Like the boss said, it's going to be a tough game tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it.”
United v Leeds will be the second of six pre-season games being shown live on MUTV this summer. The club's official television channel is available on MUTV.com, the MUTV app, Amazon Fire, Roku, Xbox and Apple TV.