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Man United star named in WhoScored team of the week alongside Kylian Mbappe

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Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has been named in the WhoScored European team of the week.

The award comes for Victor Lindelof after the Swedish defender netted the winner against Luton Town at Old Trafford.

Lindelof has been a bit part player for Erik ten Hag at times this season but the former SL Benfica defender, alongside Harry Maguire, was superb for the Red Devils against the Hatters.

The future of the Swedish defender is certainly up in the air at this moment in time with Jean-Clair Todibo the preferred target for the heart of Ten Hag’s defence according to CaughtOffside.

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Lindelof rewarded

It’s been a tough time for the defender as of late as a string of questionable performances for the Red Devils meant Jonny Evans was the man to partner the in-form Maguire.

Against Luton Town, Lindelof and Maguire were in imperious form and deservedly kept a clean sheet against the relegation-threatened side but were helped by a fingertip save made by Andre Onana, keeping out Carlton Morris in the process.

The Swedish defender featured alongside some big names like Vinicius Junior and Kylian Mbappe in the WhoScored award, it is certainly some esteemed company for the 29-year-old to be alongside.


Lindelof has been linked with a move away from the club this summer with Juventus previously mentioned as a possibility.

Here is the full WhoScored European team of the week:

  • Paulo Gazzaniga 8.87
  • Victor Lindelof 8.21
  • Marquinhos 8.20
  • Alberto Dossena 8.43
  • Leroy Sane 9.91
  • John McGinn 8.93
  • Tomas Soucek 8.51
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko 8.80
  • Rodrygo 10.0
  • Kylian Mbappe 10.0
  • Vinicius Junior 10.0

United’s defensive conundrum

Ten Hag will have a fair few headaches when next summer comes around as it looks like his starting defensive pairing will be no more.

Raphael Varane’s future is uncertain and we await to see how Lisandro Martinez will look when he returns to the club in the winter from his injury lay-off. The Dutchman may have to decide on a new-look defensive pairing.

Maguire has certainly proven himself with a string of consistently brilliant performances for the Red Devils but Lindelof’s performances have been less assured.

It would appear that Ten Hag likes Lindelof’s ability to play as the left-sided centre-back so his future may be assured based on that alone.

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