Erik ten Hag praised the performance of Victor Lindelof during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
Lindelof produced an impressive performance as the Red Devils edged past Aston Villa to strengthen their grip on the Champions League places.
The Sweden international was the only recognised centre-back option in Ten Hag’s side with Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane out injured and excelled to make seven ball recoveries, four clearances and record a 97% pass accuracy.
Lindelof made a crucial intervention with a goal-line clearance from Douglas Luiz’s late effort as United held on for a clean sheet and three points, with Ten Hag hailing the defender’s display.
“He’s playing fantastic. Really good games in and out of possession,” Ten Hag told BBC’s MOTD.
”Today totally defending in control but then building up as well, good positioning, good decisions so we are happy with that.”
“The games and life are much easier if you get the second goal earlier or get the second goal. We already have seen we have many players, including Lindelof, who are determined to win the game in attack and defence and that is what you need if you want to be successful.”