Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes Victor Lindelof is slowly losing the trust of Jose Mourinho through his performances this term. The Sweden international had a forgettable day at the John Smith’s Stadium last weekend as United suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town.
Lindelof came on as a first-half substitute for the injured Phil Jones in the 23rd minute and his arrival coincided with Huddersfield’s opening goal of the game. The Swede, later on, missed a clear header from a long-range ball, and this allowed the Terriers’ striker Laurent Depoitre a free shot at goal. Marcus Rashford put United back into the game with a delightful header in the 78th minute, but they could not make the turnaround.
Speaking to BT Sport, Hargreaves feels Lindelof has lost some of his trust with Mourinho after struggling versus David Wagner’s side, he told BT Sport, h/t Goal.com: “He’s really struggled. Obviously at Benfica he played incredibly well in the Champions League, some great performances. But we saw him struggle against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup and today he was involved in both goals.
“He was thrust into action when Phil Jones went off injured and he’s come on and really, really struggled. For Mourinho, you have to earn his trust and I think today he’s lost some of that with his performance.”
Manchester United face-off against Swansea City in the fourth round of the League Cup on Tuesday night and Lindelof could get another opportunity to prove his worth to Mourinho in central defence. The Red Devils sealed a 4-0 triumph over the Swans earlier in August, and the gaffer will hope for a similar performance to overcome the damaging defeat at Huddersfield.