Lindelof ready for Diogo Dalot reunion

Wednesday 10 March 2021 08:00

Victor Lindelof says he is looking forward to seeing his team-mate Diogo Dalot when Manchester United and AC Milan meet later this week.

The Portuguese defender is on loan at the San Siro this season, but could come up against United when we face Milan on Thursday in the first leg of our Europa League last-16 tie.

Dalot has enjoyed a strong season in Italy and scored at the weekend in the Rossoneri’s 2-0 victory over Hellas Verona. He has also featured in all eight of Milan’s Europa League matches since the start of the group stages in October, so it’s likely we’ll see him at some point over the course of the double-header.

Should we end up locking horns with the 21-year-old – who turns 22 on the day of the second leg in Italy (18 March) – Victor is hoping, as a one-off, that he fails to demonstrate his best form.

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“Yeah, well I am happy if he is performing well over there, but if he performs against us hopefully he won’t perform as well. It’s going to be fun to see him again,” Lindelof told club media.

“Maybe some of the Portuguese guys have been in touch with him,” he added. “I’m not really sure if they have text him a little bit. I think so.”

After eliminating Real Sociedad in the last round, it’s another tough test against one of the most decorated sides in European history. Despite that, Victor insists it’s challenges like these that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad crave.

“It’s going to be a fun game to be involved in. Everyone wants to be involved in those sorts of games,” said the United no.2.
“It’s always nice to get a challenge and you always want to compete against the best. If that means a tough draw, let it be a tough draw. You always want to compete against the best and obviously [it’s] a bigger reward in the end if you win it.”

“I haven’t seen them a lot this season,” Victor continued. “But of course, when the game is coming we will look at them and I will know, more or less, everything about them: what type of team they are, what type of threats they can pose.”

While the centre-back’s focus is very much on the task at hand this week at Old Trafford, Lindelof is already looking to the away leg in Milan next week at the famous San Siro.

The stadium, which is co-inhabited by AC and rivals Internazionale, is set to be demolished in the coming years, with both teams to move into a new home, and Victor can recall some fond memories from his last trip to the ground.

“Yeah, it’s a great stadium,” he said. “I have been there and seen a few games there, but I have also played there before. I played there with Sweden when it was a play-off to the World Cup and we managed to win against Italy. So [that's] a great memory from that stadium and hopefully I can create another there.”