Victor Lindelof was rightly criticised after his terrible performance in United’s opening game of the season against Crystal Palace.
This came at the end of an error-strewn run of matches at the end of last season, albeit mixed in with some good performances, but the mistakes were becoming too costly and too regular.
So credit where it is due for Lindelof for turning around his form.
On Tuesday night away against PSG, Lindelof showed he was back on track.
United needed the Swede to have one of his better games, with both Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly both out injured.
Lindelof lined up alongside Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe, who were both making their first appearances of the season at centre-back, with the latter playing his opening match of 2020.
Lindelof stepped up, for the second time in Paris, to help United secure an important group stage victory.
Axel Tuanzebe rightly took the plaudits considering his own personal circumstances.
But Lindelof’s performance deserves praise too, especially considering his own woeful start to the campaign.
Lindelof blocked two shots, more than any United player, made three clearances, one tackle and one interception
In truth the statistics do not even do the 26-year-old’s performance justice.
United sent Lindelof onto the pitch asking him to play like a defensive leader and he did exactly that.
After a strong performance away at Newcastle on Saturday too, Lindelof is showing signs of getting back on track.
This season there is no time to rest, with Chelsea, RB Leipzig, and Arsenal up next.
Lindelof will be able to use this performance as a barometer of what he is capable of.
He needs to replicate it on a weekly basis, and show the errors were simply a bad patch.
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