Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has Victor Lindelof ‘fear’ that could spark new signing

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fearful that Victor Lindelof is “in danger of burnout” after just two games of the Premier League season, according to reports. Solskjaer stuck with Lindelof for Saturday’s trip to Brighton despite the Swede’s poor performance in last weekend’s shock 3-1 home loss to Crystal Palace. United struggled again at the back at the Amex and were extremely fortunate to come away with a dramatic late 3-2 win.

United are in the market for a centre-back before the end of the transfer window.

And the Mirror claims that search is set to intensify due to Lindelof’s situation.

Solskjaer is worried about Lindelof’s physical state despite featuring in just two of United’s first three matches this season.

The 26-year-old was left out of the squad for the Carabao Cup win over Luton Town last Tuesday.

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But the Mirror says there are serious concerns regarding Lindelof’s fitness.

The centre-back was left out of Sweden’s Nations League match with Portugal last month because his national team held a similar fear.

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United have Eric Bailly available but the Ivory Coast international’s poor injury record could lead to a new signing being brought in.

But following the win over Brighton, Solskjaer insisted he had enough defenders in his squad.

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The Norwegian said: “We’ve got many defenders here and I put Eric on to bolster the defence, following the runs of (Leandro) Trossard and (Neal) Maupay.

“So, for me, we’ve got enough good centre-backs here at the moment.

“When you concede chances and concede goals there are two different things you can look at: it’s the team shape or are there any individual mistakes.

“For me, we’re not in our best shape of form, our shape isn’t there, we’re not sharp enough to stop crosses or follow the runs.

“We’re a little bit behind and that’s structural mistakes rather than individual mistakes. I thought Victor did well today.”

United legend Rio Ferdinand disagrees and thinks his former club should target RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano.

“Upamecano is one of the big names who has been pushed about,” Ferdinand told talkSPORT.

“He is young, very good on the ball, athletic, strong, mobile and plays every game, which is a big point as well.

“He is one you could see coming in and playing right now.”

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