New Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof looks like he’s struggling to adapt, says Alan Pardew
Lindelof arrived at the start of the summer from Benfica in an initial £30.7million deal, but his performances in pre-season have not been good.
Pardew, in his new role as a pundit with Sky Sports, said there were serious areas for concern in his game following their 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.
“I thought United’s signings were particularly good with Romelu Lukaku at the top of the pitch, Nemanja Matic in that midfield role and Lindelof at the back,” Pardew said.
“They needed a centre-back in particular but Lindelof’s performance against Real Madrid was concerning and there’s been a bit of concern over him in pre-season.
“They’ve had injuries in that area,” he added. Smalling never seems to play a full season and Jones is always injured so there’s going to be huge pressure on Lindelof.
“At the moment I think he’s finding it a struggle. Benfica and Portuguese league is not the challenge the Premier League is week in, week out. The intensity of set plays and the pressure put on central defenders is very, very difficult.
“I always remember Sir Alex Ferguson saying to me that at United, because you are Manchester United, your two centre-backs have to deal with two-on-two situations.
“You have to deal with one-on-one situations because you commit all your players forward to try and win the game with the opposition defending so deep. Lindelof’s one-on-one play worries me.”