Victor Lindelof’s Strong Performance Reinforces Selection Over Raphael Varane
In the ongoing debate over defensive choices at Manchester United, Victor Lindelof’s recent performance has once again justified his inclusion ahead of Raphael Varane.
Erik ten Hag’s decision to favor Jonny Evans alongside Lindelof over Varane had faced criticism, but the partnership of Lindelof and the resurgent Harry Maguire showcased the Dutch manager’s wisdom.
Despite initial skepticism on social media regarding Lindelof starting over Varane, the Swedish defender swiftly silenced doubts with an impressive display.
Lindelof, often questioned for his aerial prowess, successfully handled the challenge against a Sean Dyche side.
He won an impressive 75% of aerial duels and maintained a flawless record in ground duels, winning 100%.
While Ten Hag seems to prefer Varane on the right, Maguire’s current form justifies his place on the left, leaving no immediate spot for the Frenchman.
With Lisandro Martinez sidelined until Christmas and Evans nursing an injury, Lindelof has seamlessly stepped into the center-back role, earning Ten Hag’s trust.
Lindelof’s future at the club had faced uncertainty amid previous transfer rumors.
However, with Varane’s status uncertain and reported interest from Bayern Munich, Lindelof now has an opportunity to solidify his place in the defensive rotation.
The performance at Goodison Park, coupled with Martinez’s absence, makes it challenging for Ten Hag to drop Lindelof even when the Argentine returns from injury.
As for Varane, potential departure from Old Trafford seems likely.
Earning £340,000 per week, the former Real Madrid defender may need to follow Maguire’s example, putting in hard work to reclaim his spot in the United team.