Victor Lindelof a doubt for Man Utd vs Aston Villa due to back injury he suffered in Bournemouth win


OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has revealed Victor Lindelof is a doubt to face Aston Villa on Thursday.

The Manchester United centre-back was replaced at half-time during the 5-2 win against Bournemouth due to a back injury.

Lindelof has firmly established himself in the Red Devils’ first XI this season – starting 30 out of 33 Premier League games.

He has formed a solid partnership with Harry Maguire at the back, silencing previous doubters in the process.

But the Swedish international could now miss the trip to Villa Park, in a blow to United’s Champions League push.

Speaking to the club’s website on Lindelof’s injury, the Norwegian gaffer revealed there is no update on his condition.

He said: “Not yet, no. It’s not too bad. He’ll play soon

“I’m not sure if he’ll manage the Villa game, but he might do.

Should Lindelof not to be declared fit, Eric Bailly could play alongside Maguire, though the duo looked shaky at times against Bournemouth.

Bailly was criticised for giving away a penalty against the Cherries, while Maguire went viral after being nutmegged in the build-up to Junior Stanislas’ opener.

Commenting on United’s defenders, Paul Scholes said: “Look, I think Lindelof has done alright but I just think Maguire with his lack of pace at times (can get caught).

“If he’s got a really dominant centre-half next to him like a Rio Ferdinand or Jaap Stam who bullies centre forwards I think that would be a big help to the team.

“I think you are looking at a centre forward, a really classy goal scorer and possibly a centre-half to play next to Maguire.”


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