Victor Lindelof has thrown his hat in to the ring to be considered as a potential captain for Manchester United one day, given how much he enjoys leading out his country.
The armband has been passed around several players over the past few years, with Marcus Berg, who announced his retirement in the summer, Marcus Danielson and lbin Ekdal all sharing the responsibility with Lindelof.
Speaking to United Review, Lindelof has spoken about the pride he feels in captaininty his country and how he brings that experience to the club.
Yeh I’m very, very proud to be captain of my country. It’s a huge honour for me and growing up watching the players that you mentioned, for me to get the opportunity to be captain of Sweden now, it’s a great responsibility but something that I’m very happy with. I don’t have a problem with that responsibility either. I’m just trying to do my best and hopefully I can be a good captain for my country.
The way I am as a captain, I think I’m quite calm. Obviously I take responsibility and I try to be a leader. I’ve gained some experience over my career so far and I just try to help out and be a leader on the pitch and off it as well. I’m not the type who stands up and screams in your face or something like that. I try to show it on the pitch in my actions, with my presence and my calmness. I think people feel they can talk to me as well and that they can listen to me when I speak as well. I think that’s the way I am as a captain and also as a leader.
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Elanga’s racist abuse
Anthony Elanga is one of the younger players who will be hoping to make the step up to the first team, after impressing for the country’s U-21 side and continuing to do well in our academy after joining when he was 16-years-old.
When facing Italy in a recent European Under-21 Championship qualifier, Elanga revealed he was subjected to racist abuse from an Italian player.
Sweden Under-21s manager Claes Eriksson offered his full support to our teenager after the game.
We have told our version of what happened and have submitted an oral report to both the referees and the match delegates. We are now waiting for feedback through the match report and the referee report. Once they have arrived, we decide how to proceed. Safety manager Martin Fredman is also informed of what has happened. No one should have to be exposed to racism, it is completely unacceptable. We all stand behind and support Anthony in this.
Lindelof has also offered his support to his young teammate and spoken about the importance of showing support to players who are the victims of racist abuse.
Of course I spoke to him and I wanted to see how he was doing and if he was okay. I asked if I could do anything for him to help him out. I think it’s very important, not just because he’s from Sweden and my friend. I think it’s very important to do that for everyone and if someone else were to experience that I would ask them the same thing and see if I could do anything. It’s very important that you stick together and help each other out.
World class additions
Lindelof has started in the last five games for Manchester United, following the injuries to Harry Maguire and then Raphael Varane, and has put in some good performances. While Varane threatens his place in the starting line-up, he has spoken of his appreciation of having more world class players in the squad. Lindelof’s two assists in the Premier League mean that only Paul Pogba has created more goals than him, which isn’t bad going for a centre-half.
The Swede has shown himself to be useful in producing great balls forward before now too. In the Europa League semi-final against Granada last season, Lindelof pinged forward a great ball for Marcus Rashford to get on the end of.
After the game, Solskjaer was full of praise for the defender, saying: “He kept us glued together and he was good on the ball. What a pass for the first goal as well.”
Following Maguire’s recent spell of poor form, Lindelof will be knocking on the manager’s door asking for more playing time. While he’s had his critics in the past, he has proven to be more reliable than the England man this season and is doing everything he can to be named Varane’s partner in defence.