Victor Lindelof reacts to making his first Old Trafford appearance for Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Victor Lindelof has shown he has the attitude to succeed at Manchester United by noting he would watch back his Old Trafford debut against FC Basel.

The 23-year-old has been kept out of the firing line by Jose Mourinho ever since struggling to impress against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.

But he was handed a chance to feature against Basel and looked commanding at the back alongside Chris Smalling as Man United cruised to a 3-0 win.

And the Swede, speaking after the game, expressed his delight at finally receiving a chance to feature at Old Trafford but noted his attention would now turn to watching the game and discerning what he could work on.

“I think it was a very good debut,” Lindelof said. “To play my first match at Old Trafford is something I have really waited for. It felt really good.”

“I played my own game and did what I was told to do on the pitch. Now I’m going to watch the replay to see if there’s anything that I could have done better.

“I feel pretty confident and know what I’m able to do. That’s what I was trying to do on the pitch.”

Most players will get home and put their feet up after a 3-0 win. Their work is done, after all.

But for Lindelof, a player clearly hellbent on reaching Mourinho’s standards as soon as possible, the work never stops. There are aspects to his game that can improve with time: his positional sense, for one thing, lacks the sharpness needed in the Premier League, along with his capacity for keeping attacking players away from using their strong foot.

This can only be expected from a player coming from the Primeira Liga. His home debut revealed the raw markings of a talented player, especially on the ball; now is the time to refine the technical side, and he deserves praise for taking that into his own hands.

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