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Dealing with pressure is something that appears to come naturally to unflappable Swedish defender, Victor Lindelof.

In June 2015, he scored in the penalty shoot-out in the final of the European Under-21 Championship to help earn his country a notable first international triumph. Lindelof had only been introduced to the squad as a late call-up but performed with distinction at right-back, earning a place in UEFA's Team of the Tournament. It helped provide added impetus to his club career as he forced his way into the senior Benfica side and enjoyed experience in the domestic top flight and Champions League. Patience has been important for the Scandinavian, who burst into Vasteras' first team when only 16 years old. He helped his local side gain promotion but left when Benfica came calling in 2012. The Lisbon giants had seen his potential in Sweden's Under-16s and Under-17s and made their move. Still only 17, Lindelof understandably had to wait for an opportunity and cut his teeth with the B team, before emerging as one of Europe’s most exciting young defenders with the senior side and grasping his opportunity with both hands. Winning trophies became something of a habit for the Swedish defender during his time in Portugal, as he collected three league titles, two Portuguese Cups, one League Cup and one Super Cup. This being in addition to his European Under-21 Championship medal, of course. The composed centre-back continues to adapt to life at United after signing a four-year deal with the option of a further year. By allowing his new recruit time to settle in to his new surroundings, manager Jose Mourinho has demonstrated a long-term approach and he has compared Lindelof’s situation to that of a player he brought from the Portuguese league in ex-Chelsea stalwart Ricardo Carvalho, who emerged as one of the continent’s most effective stoppers. The defender ended his maiden campaign in England with 29 appearances and a number of impressive performances towards the end of the season, including a Man of the Match display against Arsenal in April, have left many United fans feeling optimistic about the youngster's future at Old Trafford.

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United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and always want to win titles. That’s also my goal.

Latest's Joe Ganley says

"Our no.2 endured a testing first term in M16, but the assuredness and steel he displayed on world football's biggest stage bodes well for his sophomore season."

Victor Lindelof in action for United.

Why Lindelof can shine next season Article

A superb World Cup with Sweden can help Victor tackle his second season at United, writes's Joe Ganley.

Victor Lindelof in action for Sweden.
World Cup Reds - Tuesday's matches

Victor Lindelof's Sweden take on Switzerland in their last-16 tie, in Saint Petersburg at 15:00 BST.

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"When I was five years old, my mother fed my imagination. She bought me this goalkeeper kit - I think it was of Fabien Barthez. Suddenly, I wanted to be Barthez."

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What you didn't know about Lindelof Article

You'll never believe which ex-United star's jersey Victor Lindelof had as a five-year-old!

Victor Lindelof in action for Sweden.
Wednesday's World Cup matches

Victor Lindelof's Sweden face Mexico in a decisive Group F clash, in Ekaterinburg at 15:00 BST.

Victor Lindelof with Joel Pereira during Tour 2017.
Victor Lindelof says

"Being on tour is very important, especially when you’re new. It gives you a chance to get to know all the players, the staff and the manager."

Victor Lindelof

'Tour helped me to settle in' Article

Before his World Cup exploits, Victor Lindelof told us why going on a pre-season tour last summer was vital for him.

Victor Lindelof in action for Sweden.
Saturday's World Cup matches

Victor Lindelof could return to action after illness, when Sweden face Germany in their second Group F game in Sochi at 19:00 BST.

Victor Lindelof in action for Sweden.
Monday's World Cup games

Our first player who could be in action today is Victor Lindelof, as Sweden open Group F against South Korea. Kick-off in Nizhny Novgorod is at 13:00 BST.

Victor Lindelof signing for United on 14 June 2016.
Did you know?

Victor Lindelof has made 29 appearances since completing his transfer from Benfica to Manchester United one year ago, on 14 June 2017.

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