Lindelof’s potential means that Man United should refuse to loan him out

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof is attracting loan interest from a host of clubs after an underwhelming debut season in English football, according to The Sun.

What’s the story, then?

The Sun report that Lindelof’s impressive World Cup performances as Sweden made it into the quarter-finals have brought about a clamour for his signature.

They say that his former club Benfica are at the head of the queue, hoping to engineer his return to Portugal after just one season at Old Trafford.

The report also claims that United manager Jose Mourinho plans to reject all approaches for the Swede, believing that he has a bigger role to play this season.

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Lindelof is better than Jones, Smalling and Rojo

Lindelof struggled to adapt to the physicality and speed of English football after his confidence was knocked by some early mistakes, most notably against Huddersfield in that 2-1 defeat.

However, it is clear that he has the poise, pace and quality to become a top defender at Old Trafford and when everybody is fit and confident, him and Eric Bailly – Mourinho’s only two defensive recruits in his time at United – are the club’s best available centre-halves.

He will improve after a season in England, but Mourinho must be careful not to treat Lindelof like Henrikh Mkhitaryan and think he is being more shrewd than he actually is being, with the Armenian finding himself outcast at the club largely because he didn’t get many opportunities to play his way in.