Victor Lindelof.

Lindelof welcomes Varane arrival

Monday 06 September 2021 12:30

Victor Lindelof has welcomed the competition provided in defence by the arrival of Raphael Varane at Manchester United.

The newly appointed Sweden captain has been speaking to the media in his homeland ahead of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier in Greece.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now spoilt for choice in terms of his centre-back options, Lindelof admits such a wealth of talent in this department can only be healthy for the Reds' ambitions.

Harry Maguire and Varane started the win at Wolves and, in addition to Victor, Eric Bailly is another current international who provides an alternative. Meanwhile, Phil Jones and Teden Mengi should be available soon, but Axel Tuanzebe has been loaned to Aston Villa for the season.

Reds centre-backs Lindelof, Maguire and Varane keep the ball away from Jesse Lingard in training.
"I think it’s great," Lindelof told Fotballdirekt. "I play in one of the world’s biggest clubs and it’s clear that you want good players.

"It’ll always be a competitive situation. I only see it as positive that we get good players into the club.

"It will only develop us. For my own part, I see no problem with it.

"Sometimes I may not play a match but, for me, it does absolutely nothing. 

"I have played a lot the last two years and, last year, I had back problems and played with some pain."

Lindelof skippered his country in the excellent 2-1 victory over Spain last week and, naturally, enjoyed the experience.

"It was the greatest honour to lead Sweden out there," he said. "So, of course, I was very proud of the team and the guys.

For me to be captain and for the first time for such a match, it was an amazing feeling for me and, to top it off with a win, was very special."

He was an unused substitute for the 2-1 friendly win over Uzbekistan over the weekend but should return to the line-up in Greece.