Jesper Blomqvist remains as one of the high-profile Swedish players to have represented Manchester United in the past. The former winger, who played for United between 1998 and 2001, has claimed that defender Victor Lindelof is on his way to becoming one of the key players for the Red Devils. The 24-year-old was signed after a long pursuit by then-manager Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2017. He was about to join United even as early as a year ago. The total fee for the defender was around € 35 million in addition to a bonus of around € 10 million depending on performances.
Even though Lindelof has not been able to produce a consistent set of performances throughout his time at United, the defender has been slowly growing in confidence. He has now been able to establish himself more often in the first-team in his second full season with the club. After making 29 appearances in his first season with United, Lindelof has featured in 35 games so far. Even after a managerial change that saw the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the 24-year-old has kept himself in the first-team reckoning. His versatility is a major factor that has helped him grow, andBlomqvist claims that Lindelof can only get better in the coming years underSolskjaer.
Manchester United will reportedly refuse Jose Mourinho with the funds to bolster the squad in the New Year. The Red Devils have endured a frustrating start to the Premier League season with just 20 points from their opening 12 matches and this had recently spread the speculation that they could go on a winter spending spree.
However, according to The Independent, that may not be the case when the transfer window reopens with the hierarchy still concerned over the lack of sufficient impact from Jose Mourinho’s signings. In particular, there are said to be concerns regarding the failure of both Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof to sufficiently impress at the heart of the defence while the same goes for midfielder Fred, who was recruited from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer after a huge outlay of nearly £52m.