Man Utd star Victor Lindelof makes Ed Woodward’s January transfer strategy clear

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Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has been nursing a chronic back problem for more than a year but the 26-year-old has still been a regular under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Since the start of last season, Lindelof has missed just four Premier League games, regularly partnering Harry Maguire at the back.

Speaking after the 6-2 win over Leeds, Lindelof opened up about his injury problems, saying: “It’s been tough.

“I’ve been struggling a lot with my back over the past couple of months, so it’s very important for me to do the treatment and recovery right.

“And then against Sheffield, I got a bad knock on my knee so I was 50-50 for this game, but I managed to go out there and play even though I had pain.

“I just want to help the team and I’m happy that we got the win today.

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“I’ve been struggling a little bit but I managed to play through the pain today.”

However, those fitness problems seem to have caught up with him, with the chronic back injury forcing him to be substituted in the 2-2 draw with Leicester City on Boxing Day. 

Speaking after the game, Solskjaer told BT Sport: “Yeah he’s struggling with his back.

“He’s struggled for a little while. We might have to do something. Let’s see what it is.”

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Other centre-back options Solskjaer has at his disposal are Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe, who have both had their fair share of injury problems.

Marcos Rojo is in their Premier League squad but he has not featured for United since November 2019, while Phil Jones was omitted from the squad completely while he continued his recovery from injury.

It was revealed earlier this month that Maguire has played more minutes of football than anyone else in the world and Solskjaer has already admitted that he may be forced to give his captain a rest this season.

“Of course they [Maguire and Lindelof] have to be rested at certain points but then again we need points and we need to play strong teams and build on things.

However, with injury concerns about his other options, especially a regular starter like Lindelof, it seems clear that United’s priority in the upcoming January transfer window should be a centre-back.

They have been linked with a number of options, including RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano, Brighton’s Ben White and Bayern Munich star David Alaba.

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