Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has welcomed the prospect of Harry Maguire’s arrival at Old Trafford, insisting he “loves” the competition.
The Red Devils conceded 54 goals last season – their highest total in the Premier League era – prompting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to strengthen his squad.
Maguire to United? Five key things to know…
- Man Utd finished sixth in a poor showing last season.
- They conceded 54 goals, their highest total in the Premier League era.
- Solskjaer’s side have been linked with Maguire to ease their defensive woes.
- Reports suggest United are closing in on an £80m deal for the England international.
- Lindelof has welcomed the addition of further defensive competition.
That process is already underway with the arrival of right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. However, thanks to the injury problems of Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo, as well as the inconsistent form of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, another centre-back is desperately needed.
Lindelof was United’s standout performer in that position last term and as such, has welcomed the arrival of further competition in his position, with the club believed to be closing in on an £80m deal for Leicester City’s Maguire.
309 players contested at least 30 aerial duels during the 2018-19 Premier League season; Harry Maguire had the highest win rate.
• 151 contested
• 119 won
• 78.2% success
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“I like the competition,” Lindelof told ESPN. “I love it, actually. I think it’s great for a club to have that competition. If you have good players in your position you have to work hard every day, especially in training, and that helps a team to go to the next level as well.
“For me it’s perfect. I like it. I think everyone at this club wants to be at the highest level. I’m very good friends with them all. In training, we compete and then off the pitch we are friends. That’s how it should be.”
Lindelof had the second-highest passing accuracy (89.19%) of any Man Utd player to feature in more than two Premier League games last season and his improved form has sparked surprise links to Barcelona this summer.
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However, the Sweden international has cooled speculation, insisting he is happy right where he is.
“I’m not the kind of person who thinks about that,” he responded when asked about a transfer.
“I’m here, I’m very happy here. That’s my focus. Manchester United is my club. I represent this club with great honour.”