Missing out on Toni Kroos in 2014 is among Manchester United’s biggest missed opportunities of the last decade.

A deal was lined up to sign the German midfielder before Louis van Gaal’s lack of interest saw him choose Real Madrid [MEN].

Kroos hasn’t looked back, winning three Champions League trophies for Real, and he showed this week at the age of 31 he could go onto win a fourth.

His impressive assist to set up Vincius against Liverpool had the football world in awe.

Granada CF v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Leg One
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Well, Victor Lindelof seemed to be watching and taking notes.

Against Granada, Lindelof produced a near identical long pass to play in Marcus Rashford to score Manchester United’s opening goal.


Lindelof was situated deep in his own half, unpressured, and floated a perfectly judged pass into Rashford’s path, who controlled the ball superbly, before slotting it past the goalkeeper.

It was just the second assist Lindelof has provided this season, which is a bit surprising when he has passes like this in his locker.

The assist was just one element of a strong all round performance from the Swede, on the way to keeping yet another clean sheet.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club’s app: “Is there anyone I’d pick out? Yes, definitely, Victor. He kept us glued together. He was good on the ball, took command, and what a pass for the first goal!”


Social media was abuzz with praise for Lindelof’s contribution. His outstanding pass brought plenty of praise, and comparison with Toni Kroos…

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