Victor Lindelof of Manchester United was a standout for Sweden in their World Cup semi-final playoff victory over the Czech Republic on Thursday.
The game was settled by razor-thin margins, with both teams making only two shots on goal. Sweden won in extra-time thanks to a goal by Robin Quaison in the 110th minute.
Lindelof has been crucial in the heart of his country’s defense, and he has put in another strong performance. The 27-year-old had 89 touches and completed 86% of his passes.
Five aerial and ground duels, as well as four clearances, were won by the central defender. He also hit six long balls with success. As captain, he undoubtedly led from the front last night.
Lindelof is in his fifth season with the Red Devils. His playing time has decreased over the season, as Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire have been the favored starting.
Maguire’s form has been patchy recently, with many positional and unforced errors, but Lindelof has remained out of contention, with Ralf Rangnick staying with the former in the starting XI.
The team is already on the lookout for another top-tier center-back ahead of the summer transfer window. It has been said on numerous occasions that they are interested in acquiring Ronald Araujo’s services from Barcelona.
If a deal is reached, the Uruguayan will almost probably be assured of a regular starting berth. As a result, Lindelof might become the club’s fourth-choice center-back.
Lindelof has been a staunch supporter of the Red Devils over the years, but his stance this summer could be interesting to observe, especially if the club decides to pursue another central defender.
On Tuesday, the £120,000-a-week star will return to international action. Sweden will be attempting to secure a place in the 2022 World Cup against Poland, which received a bye against Russia.