Monday 23 April 2018

Lindelof praises De Gea and Man United’s forwards after win against Swansea

Lindelof played his part in United’s 16th clean sheet in the Premier League this season.

There was no way past David De Gea on Saturday
There was no way past David De Gea on Saturday

By Simon Peach, Press Association Chief Football Writer

Defender Victor Lindelof was pleased by Manchester United’s performance at both ends of the field against Swansea, from the ever-impressive David De Gea to an attack displaying a “great buzz”.

Putting aside the prospect of seeing Manchester City lift the Premier League title in next weekend’s derby, Jose Mourinho’s men returned from the international break with a bang.

Romelu Lukaku bagged his 100th Premier League goal and Alexis Sanchez’s second for United was enough to secure a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes, with Jesse Lingard another impressive attacking outlet in a fine first-half display.

“I think we started the game very good, we kept the ball very well and then we scored two very good goals,” Sweden international Lindelof said.

“In the second half we came out and they had a few chances, but other than that we controlled the game very well.

“The front players had great movement and had a great buzz between them.

“They had a lot of freedom and I think they showed it out there – they had a lot of fun.”

Lindelof praised Lukaku, who became the youngest foreign player to reach a century of Premier League goals, and was impressed by the movement and quality on the ball displayed by January signing Sanchez.

United also did well at the back as they kept their 16th clean sheet of the Premier League campaign and when there was a lapse De Gea was there to deny substitute Tammy Abraham with two exceptional saves.

“Swansea had two good opportunities in the second half, but we had David De Gea in goal and like I always say he is a fantastic goalkeeper,” Lindelof told MUTV.

“I think (those two saves) prove his quality.

“The opponent might not have much, but he is always ready when shots do come and always there to save them. He is a fantastic player.

“We always want to keep a clean sheet, that’s very important for us because if we keep a clean sheet, we know our attacking players can score goals.”

Swansea were unable to get anywhere near United in an uncharacteristically meek first half in which they failed to muster so much as a shot.

Carlos Carvalhal’s men improved enough after the break to suggest they can beat the drop, but summer signing Sam Clucas is a doubt for next week’s return to action against rock-bottom West Brom after going off injured.

“Sam has twisted his knee and we think he has injured the ligament on the outside of his knee,” Swansea boss Carvalhal said.

“We don’t know yet what the problem is. We will have to wait for a scan to see how bad it is, but I hope it is not a serious injury.”

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