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Jamie Carragher: Jose Mourinho should be excited about Victor Lindelof

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho should be excited by the performance of Victor Lindelof during the World Cup. The Sweden international formed a great partnership with skipper Andreas Granqvist at the heart of the country’s defence and this played a huge role in their progress to the quarter-final stage.
Speaking to Swedish outlet Expressen, Carragher praised the centre-back after his excellent display for Sweden at the World Cup and believes Mourinho would relish the prospect of playing Lindelof at Old Trafford next season, he said: “I am sure Jose Mourinho is excited about the chance of getting the right Victor Lindelof next season.He has been amazing.”

Lindelof joined the Red Devils from Benfica last summer with plenty of promise but he struggled to earn a regular Premier League role with Mourinho citing that the centre-back had concerns adapting to the pace of the game. As such, he was restricted to just 17 appearances across all competitions with five of those coming during United’s run to the round of 16 stage of the Champions League.

Whether Lindelof can secure a regular role next season remains to be seen with United reckoned to be on the search for another centre-back. According to reports, Mourinho has highlighted the need for an experienced central defender before next month’s transfer deadline and this has witnessed the club being associated with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld of late.

The Belgium international has recently hit out at the north London club after being offered limited gametime during the second half of last season and his future remains uncertain with his contract expiring in two years’ time. Unlike other players, Alderweireld has a release clause of just £25m which could be triggered at the end of the 2018/19 season and this may force Spurs to offload him at the earliest possibility.

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