Manchester United’s search for a new defensive partner to play alongside Eric Bailly next season saw the Red Devils part with £31m to bring Victor Lindelof to the club from Old Trafford, a signing many expected to improve the back-line.
Following the Swedish defender’s latest impression in pre-season, though, Jose Mourinho could be frantically searching for a receipt and Benfica have probably unplugged their phones over in Portugal – as Lindelof caught the headlines for the wrong reasons against Real Madrid.
An extremely late tackle on Real Madrid’s new signing Theo Hernandez saw the Champions League winners pull level from the penalty spot in North America, though Mourinho’s side went on to secure a victory via a penalty shoot-out.
There were plenty of positives to take from the game, notably Anthony Martial’s performance, but Lindelof’s defensive display was certainly not one of them- with ESPN’s commentator describing the challenge as ‘clumsy in capital letters’.
— Dave (@DesTaquito) July 23, 2017
Casemiro smashed home an equaliser from the spot and Manchester United fans were understandably concerned by Lindelof’s tackle, because making assessments from one match in pre-season is exactly what football fans do best.
It was of course a terrible tackle but reaching a verdict on Lindelof’s suitability for Manchester United based on one error is certainly a case of jumping to conclusions prematurely. After all, a certain David de Gea didn’t endure the best of starts to life in the Premier League.