United in for Lindelof
Victor Lindelof’s move to Manchester United has been turned on and off more than a light switch – and now it looks firmly on..
Still just 22 and very inexperienced, Lindelof has been impressing for Portuguese giants Benfica of late, and Mourinho is believed to see him as a long-term defensive solution.
But after being told that the Swede was set to play his final game for Benfica, and then seeing him sign a Man United shirt, we were then told that the deal had hit a brick wall.
It was reported last week that Mourinho pulled the plug on the move due to the surprise re-emergence of Phil Jones, who has provided him with additional cover.
But it now seems Mourinho wanted him all along, and just needed to wait for the red tape to be cleared.
Bailly vouches for him
Ivory Coast played Sweden in a friendly today, as part of their African Cup of Nations preparations, and although Lindelof didn’t play, Bailly still seems to know enough about the defender to vouch for him.
Speaking to the Swedish media afterwards, Bailly said:
‘We have many good central defenders Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones but it’s clear that I hope I get to play with Lindelof. I do not have a guaranteed place and I know I have to be good to play. All are fighting to play.
I think we have done well. We have done our best. The day we get to play, if we get there, we must take advantage of that opportunity. I think we would fit well together,