Lindelof: Watford will be tough but I'm ready
Victor Lindelof feels he will relish the physical battles that Watford attacking duo Andre Gray and Troy Deeney could pose when the Hornets visit Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Swedish defender has had a key influence in United’s campaign this season, having appeared in 25 Premier League games so far.
He also scored a dramatic late goal against Burnley - his first for the club - to snatch a point at Old Trafford back in January.
As the Premier League returns to Old Trafford on Saturday, Lindelof is upbeat about the prospect of taking on Deeney and Gray, who have been in good form for Javi Gracia's side.
"Deeney and Gray are two physical players. They never give up. In every challenge, they go up to win it and it’s something you have to be ready for."
“I don’t have a problem with it - I like it," the 24-year-old told MUTV. "I’m ready for it. If they want to get physical, I’m down for it."
“They are two physical players. They like to be physical. That’s not a problem for me. I like that and I don’t have a problem with him. But they always work hard like I said. They run a lot. They never give up. In every challenge, they go up to win it and it’s something you have to be ready for.”
Victor also spoke highly of the progress made by the Hornets, who are currently as high as eighth in the league and enjoying a strong campaign.
"They are a good team," our no.2 commented. "I have played against them a few times and they are a very, very strong team. They work very, very hard for each other.
"It will be a very hard game. They always give 110 per cent on the pitch.”
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The former Benfica man also believes that a lot of United players have performed well this season and many deserve to win the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Season award.
Victor said: “A lot of players have performed well during the season. They’ve been showing their abilities. They helped us a lot. I can’t sit here and name one player. I think, a lot of players deserve it.”
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With his fellow Scandinavian, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, now the permanent manager at Old Trafford, Lindelof has hailed the influence the Norwegian has had at the club since his arrival - initially as caretaker boss - back in December.
“He’s been great to all the players," Victor said. "He’s helped me a lot as well. Like I always say, he’s come in with a big smile. He talked to me and told me to express myself on the pitch and do the things that I’m good at. I think I have been doing that a lot. But its always nice to hear that from your coach because it gives you a little more confidence.”
‘The Iceman’ also told us that he talks to Solskjaer in Swedish and Ole talks to him in Norwegian.
He said: “I speak to him in Swedish and he speaks in Norwegian back to me. It’s nice to speak a bit of Swedish. They’re quite similar. It’s just how you pronounce words. Some words are different, but it’s not a problem. I understand everything he says. The same’s with him.”