Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof picks Raphael Varane as his teammate with the strongest “mentality”
Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof picked his teammate Raphael Varane for having the strongest mentality within the squad. The Sweden captain picked numerous teammates and players from around the world according to specific skill sets.
The Red Devils are struggling with an injury crisis and inconsistencies in every department this season. United have conceded 30 goals so far which played a huge role in their nine losses from 18 matches.
Lindelof has featured alongside numerous defensive teammates as everyone apart from Harry Maguire faced sideline due to injuries. The 29-year-old has played as a make-shift left-back at times apart from his natural centre-back role.
United manager Erik ten Hag picked Varane as his first-choice centre-back last season alongside Lisandro Martinez. Throughout this season, Martinez’s absence persists due to a long-term injury, while Varane has grappled with recurring injuries and showcased poor performances.
However, the former France international’s quality is unparalleled to anyone in the defence department. The 30-year-old played a pivotal role in Real Madrid’s dominance in European competition before joining United in 2021.
Varane won four Champions League titles, three UEFA Super Cups, and four FIFA Club World Cups at Madrid. Furthermore, he helped the Spanish giants win three La Liga titles and three Supercopa de Espana during his tenure.
Lindelof is well aware of the Frenchman’s winning mentality alongside defensive and technical qualities. The Sweden international picked the Frenchman for his mentality when asked (h/t Manchester United’s official site) to choose among his teammates according to their skill set. Varane is an essential figure in the Red Devil’s squad and he has earned the respect with his leadership and accomplishments.
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The 30-year-old has a big role to play for United once the November international break ends. The Red Devils are facing early elimination from the Champions League before even reaching the knockout stages.
Meanwhile, United need to continue their strong winning form in the Premier League to challenge for the top four. Fans and critics would deem anything less than that as an unacceptable failure.