United fans react to Lindelof's performance in 2-1 Villarreal victory

Harry Maguire’s injury gave Victor Lindelof a chance to shine when Manchester United took on Villarreal.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s late goal will grab all the headlines and rightly so. It was a magic moment.

The overall team performance wasn’t perfect but there were some individual displays worth noting and Lindelof’s was one of them.

He was assured throughout the game, even though Diogo Dalot outside of him had a tough night against Arnaut Danjuma.

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His passing accuracy was the best of any United player who completed 90 minutes with 95.2 per cent.

He made four clearances – more than anyone else in red – and nobody on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side bettered his tally of two interceptions.

The early signs from his partnership with Raphael Varane were good, and with Maguire out for a few weeks, that pairing will only get more and more time to grow.

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Lindelof’s display deservedly earned praise on Twitter on a night which takes on a far more positive complexion after Ronaldo’s late goal.

He is the only central defender who has started both of United’s Champions League games so far.

On this evidence, Solskjaer doesn’t need to rush his captain back. Lindelof took his chance to shine.

Here’s how his performance went down as United won 2-1…

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.