Victor Lindelof insists he’s unbothered by Manchester United’s critics because the Purple Devils put together for a brand new period below the demanding Erik ten Hag.
United endured one other powerful season below Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after which interim supervisor Ralf Rangnick final day trip, ending sixth after recording their lowest factors tally in a Premier League season.
The Purple Devils additionally failed to finish a league marketing campaign with a constructive objective distinction for the primary time for the reason that 1989-90 season (-1).
Ten Hag has been tasked with remodeling United after shifting to Previous Trafford from Ajax, the place he secured a 3rd Eredivisie title in 4 full seasons on the helm after the 2021-22 time period.
Lindelof has spent early July coaching below his new boss in Manchester earlier than heading to Thailand, the place United face Liverpool in a pre-season pleasant in Bangkok on Tuesday.
Whereas the Sweden worldwide is eager to disregard doubters from exterior the membership, Lindelof admitted he and his team-mates are doing their utmost to make a noticeable first impression on Ten Hag.
“Whenever you play at this membership there are at all times going to be individuals who speak,” he advised ESPN.
“We wish to play at a excessive degree and play nicely and win video games, however I don’t suppose the gamers care actually.
“For me, the stress I placed on myself – I’m essentially the most crucial particular person of myself. I don’t actually care what different individuals say, and I believe the remainder of the blokes are the identical.
“In fact, we didn’t carry out the way in which we needed to, however final season is previously.
“I believe everyone seems to be making an attempt to look forward and everybody is worked up to work with the brand new supervisor and study his type of play. I don’t suppose we wish to look again, we wish to look ahead and attempt to carry out higher.”
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 9, 2022
United are additionally on account of face Melbourne Victory, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano in pre-season, with the latter being Ten Hag’s first sport at Previous Trafford on July 31.
The friendlies will characterize an opportunity to realize much-needed match observe for the upcoming season, although Lindelof was fast to reward the coaching periods Ten Hag has run forward of the pre-season warm-ups.
“The coaching periods have actually stepped up,” he added. “On day one he was explaining what he needs us to do. He’s superb at taking note of the main points and that’s the largest change.
“He has modified quite a bit. He has his type of play and he needs to implement these issues. We’ve been speaking quite a bit and practising numerous various things. It’s been very, superb to date.
“I wouldn’t say there’s an inventory of guidelines however he calls for quite a bit from us, on the pitch but additionally off the pitch. We’re all professionals so it’s not an issue.
“He’s coming in and he needs us to play in a sure method so after all he has to speak it to the gamers. If one thing isn’t proper or if one thing isn’t the way in which he needs it he’ll clarify it once more and attempt to present what he needs.”
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 10, 2022
Manchester Metropolis, Liverpool and Arsenal have all been lively within the switch window already, however United have solely introduced in left-back Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord.
That will come as considerably as a shock, given Rangnick advised as much as 10 gamers have been wanted and Ten Hag was anticipated to rebuild, however the lack of exercise doesn’t concern Lindelof.
“I’m not likely targeted on different groups and what they’re doing within the switch market,” he continued. “I don’t learn issues. I simply attempt to concentrate on myself and my staff, that’s a very powerful factor.
“[Liverpool and Man City] have been performing nicely however I’ve nice perception within the gamers that now we have and I believe we will carry out at a really, very excessive degree. If we do issues proper and we work exhausting we will compete.
“We characterize this wonderful membership and we wish to compete for trophies. The purpose for each footballer is to win so it’s at all times what we’re seeking to do.”
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