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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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  • Position

    Defender

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    Sweden

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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.

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Victor Lindelof at Old Trafford.

Lindelof's voice is being heard Article

Victor has now started six consecutive matches and the Swede is growing in confidence, writes Stuart Mathieson.

Victor Lindelof.

Lindelof eager to get back on the pitch Article

Victor was gutted to lose the derby, but the Swede feels we are improving and he is now focused on our next game.

Victor Lindelof says

"I feel like in the last couple of weeks we've really improved a lot and we've got some good results... we're sad for the loss, but we know that we can do some good things."

Victor Lindelof

Fans are showing respect for Lindelof Article

The defender finished second in our Player of the Month poll after his best month yet at United, writes Joe Ganley.

Victor Lindelof, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba

Vote for your Player of the Month Article

The time has come to choose October's star performer from our three-man shortlist.

Victor Lindelof says

“We know Juventus are a great team but we’re also a great team when we have the ball in play, so the way we played in the second half, I think we should do that more often.”

Jose Mourinho says

“This was the first time Victor has played a game of this dimension and he had a positive game. Lindelof and Smalling played well... They were really positive, both of them."

Victor Lindelof.

'We didn't deserve to lose' Article

Victor Lindelof reflects on United's defeat to Juventus in the Champions League.

Victor Lindelof in a training session for United.
Victor Lindelof says

"Juventus are a really good team with very good players. But I think we're a great team as well. We're going to give them trouble."

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Andreas Pereira taking on Young Boys.

Respect for Los Che Article

Andreas Pereira, David De Gea and Victor Lindelof are gearing up another round of Champions League football.

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