Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof believes increased competition for places is helping to improve the Red Devils’ fortunes.
Lindelof missed United’s poor start to the season with injury but has since fought his way back into the defence, starting the past two matches alongside Lisandro Martinez, who recently signed from Ajax.
Martinez was brought in to bolster a backline that includes the likes of Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane, both of whom have featured this season alongside the Argentina international, who is the only centre-back to have started every league game so far this campaign.
United have improved of late, winning seven of their past nine fixtures in all competitions, and Lindelof believes a battle for places partly explains their upturn in form.
“Obviously, I had a tough start to the season,” Lindelof told reporters ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie with Omonia Nicosia.
“But it’s always very important for this team to have good players in the squad and competition for places.
“It’s not a problem for me. I am always available if the manager needs me and if I have the opportunity, I will do my best.
“I always want to push myself and play games. I think everyone in the squad wants that.”
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Lindelof also credits new manager Erik ten Hag for the recent developments in his own game, adding: “The way he wants to play suits me.
“He’s demanding a lot from us, how we control the game from the back and start the build-up.
“Hopefully I can keep improving a lot under him.”
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