‘It felt good’ – Man Utd star praises Solskjaer for formation change

Date published: Sunday 31st October 2021 2:15 - Lewis Oldham

Man Utd defender Lindelof

Man Utd defender Victor Lindelof has praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their change to a 5-3-2 set-up “felt good” against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Red Devils went into this weekend’s game against Spurs on the back of last weekend’s 5-0 loss against Liverpool.

Solskjaer is under a lot of pressure at the moment and he decided to change formation for his side’s clash against Tottenham.


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Man Utd used a 5-3-2 set-up as Lindelof partnered Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane at centre-back.

The Red Devils beat Spurs 3-0 as Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford got on the scoresheet.

As reported by the club’s official website, Lindelof suggested that Man Utd “defended very well” as a team against Tottenham:

“It was a good defensive game for us of course. But we helped each other a lot, we covered each other’s backs and I think that’s the main part about today’s game.

“I always say that if we keep a clean sheet we’re always going to score goals and that’s exactly what we did today.

“It was very important for us to as a team to keep a clean sheet and I think that’s something we can build on.

On the formation change, Lindelof said: “It felt good.

“I think we defended well. They didn’t have a lot of chances, but I think as well as a team today we defended very well.

“Everyone from the strikers down to David [De Gea], you know and I think that’s very important especially from the strikers if they help us out then it makes it easier for everyone.”

Lindelof went onto thank Man Utd fans for their support in the aftermath of their loss to Liverpool:

“Obviously it was a tough defeat and we wanted a reaction and we wanted to bounce back as good as we could and I think we did that today. We showed what a great team we are and kept a clean sheet and scored three goals.

“Of course it’s been a very tough week for them [the fans] as well and it was very nice for us to be able to perform today and get a clean sheet and three points for them. They’ve been supporting us through thick and thin and as well today they were absolutely fantastic.”

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