Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is considering dropping Victor Lindelof for his side’s clash with Spurs on Wednesday. Sweden international was one of the few footballers to emerge with credit from Jose Mourinho’s final campaign at the Old Trafford and was rewarded with a new five-year contract for his efforts in September.
Victor has been the first choice alongside Harry Maguire this term, but the emergence of Axel Tuanzebe has put pressure on his position, and the Norwegian manager is contemplating whether to drop the centre-back for the visit of the London club.
Tuanzebe’s performances during pre-season were exemplary, and Man United allowed Chris Smalling to join Roma on loan due to the promise the 22-year-old had shown since returning from a stint at Aston Villa.
Axel’s last Premier League start came in a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle in October, but he was set to feature in a three-person defence alongside Maguire and Lindelof with Liverpool the following week, only to pull up during the warm-up.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer values the 25-year-old centre-back’s calmness on the ball, but there’s a fear within the Norwegian’s backroom staff that the defender has rested on his laurels since signing a new deal and dropping him could be a necessary wake-up call.
Mourinho signed the Swedish defender in 2017 when the centre-back arrived from Benfica in a deal worth close to £31m, but the Portuguese’s two-and-a-half-year reign at the club came crashing down after his relationship with the club’s board deteriorated after disagreements over transfer targets.