Manchester United’s new signing Victor Lindelof was one of the few players who could come off the Old Trafford pitch with their heads held high.
The Swedish international came on at half time for an injured Marcos Rojo and put in an encouraging display despite the defeat to Manchester City.
The Sky Blues ended United’s unbeaten home run just as they did last season but Lindelof’s defending was satisfactory to most fans.
Playing as a centre-back in a two man partnership alongside Chris Smalling, Victor continued his solid run of form as he goes from strength to strength.
Supporters were worried that the former Benfica man would struggle to adjust to the Premier League but after the derby performance, fans can have high hopes in a developing talent.
Lukaku and Lindelof have touched the ball 17 times each so far. Lindelof came on at half-time. #MUFC
— Kris Voakes (@krisvoakes) December 10, 2017
Lindelof impressed again, good man
— Aomine Daiki (@Hodovss) December 10, 2017
Last time Lindelof came off the bench in the first half against Huddersfield it didn’t end well. He’s improved since but he’ll need to be switched on.
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) December 10, 2017
One positive was Lindelof. Should start the next. Utilized the ball well unlike most of our other players.
— rahul🔰 (@rpk_mufc) December 10, 2017
Lindelof is actually Kroos at CB
— Levi Ackerman Stan Account (@RawBenHood) December 10, 2017
Although Victor Lindelof is a capable defender with a fair amount of pace, it’s usually his ability on the ball that catches the eye.
Manchester United are often up against sides who sit deep with every possible outfield player inside their own half so a need for ball playing defenders is crucial.
Lindelof is clearly the expert at this out of United’s other centre-backs and displayed his passing prowess once more vs Manchester City.
Cool and composed, the Swede is able to accurately pass the ball to his teammates in more advanced positions rather than just lump it forward as others may do.