Victor Lindelof has suggested Manchester United are ‘too comfortable’ when facing ‘lower teams’, and has urged his side to find more consistent performances as they bid to continue their recent up-turn in form.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have endured a difficult start to the new season but have won five of their past six fixtures in all competitions, the club rising to seventh in the Premier League following Sunday’s victory over Brighton at Old Trafford.
Having been beaten by Bournemouth a week previous, Manchester United produced a much improved performance in securing victory over Graham Potter’s side, and Lindelof says his side must now maintain those levels ‘week in and week out’ as they bid to climb the division.
“I generally think there is one thing we need to get better at if we are going to get back to the level Manchester United should be at: that’s winning matches week in and week out,” Lindelof told Swedish publication Aftonbladet.
“Sometimes it does not have to be neat, but you should win anyway.”
United have enjoyed an impressive record in fixtures against top-six rivals this season, having beaten Chelsea and Leicester at Old Trafford while becoming the only side so far to secure a point against leaders Liverpool. Their form against so-called lesser sides though has seen them slip to defeats against Crystal Palace, West Ham, Newcastle and Bournemouth.
Lindelof has suggested that the club have approached fixtures at ‘big clubs’ with a differing mentality, and has urged his side to approach all games in the same mindset as they seek to secure a consistent run of results.
“There’s been a bit of a problem. If we go into the matches against big clubs, we’re all connected, and we get results,” he continued.
“Then a few days go by and we meet a slightly lower team, then we have to go in exactly the same way, not get comfortable.
“Those tendencies have existed even in these matches. We start well, play fast and get to positions – but then we stop with it after 20 minutes, complicate it and play poorly.”