Gary Neville claims struggling Manchester United star would thrive at Liverpool

Gary Neville believes struggling Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof would thrive at Liverpool.

Sweden international Lindelof has endured a mixed spell at Old Trafford since arriving in England from Benfica in 2017.

The 26-year-old is closing in on 150 appearances for Man United but has still been subjected to much criticism from fans, most recently following Sunday’s frustrating draw with West Brom.

Baggies striker Mbaye Diagne outmuscled Lindelof to head home West Brom’s early opener and, while Bruno Fernandes volleyed home a superb equaliser, Manchester United were unable to find a winner as they dropped two points and failed to apply pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Neville has defended ‘fantastic’ Lindelof, however, and says he is a victim of his surroundings and would thrive alongside a player like Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool.

He told Sky Sports: ‘Victor Lindelof’s problem is Harry Maguire and Harry Maguire’s problem is Victor Lindelof.

‘I think if you put Lindelof alongside Van Dijk at Liverpool… he’s a fantastic player, I think he’s a really good player.

‘He understands the game, he reads the game, if he was alongside a Rio Ferdinand or a Virgil van Dijk, I think they would make a great pair.

‘The problem is he’s alongside someone who isn’t the most mobile in Harry Maguire. That’s the problem he’s got because they’re going to find someone who can play alongside Maguire because they invested £80m in him.

‘I actually think Lindelof is a really good player and if Liverpool were looking for a centre-back pairing, I think he would do a really good job at Liverpool alongside Virgil van Dijk.

‘The problem is I don’t think he does a great job alongside Maguire because they both drop back and they’ve got to get up the pitch more.’

Maguire leaped to Lindelof’s defence following the West Brom stalemate and said he was ‘fed up’ of the criticism his team-mate receives.

He told MUTV: ‘It’s a big frustration. We know the first goal is crucial when you come to this place – but it’s a foul.

‘I’m fed up of hearing “Vic can do better”. Of course he can do better, and I know he can.

‘I’m fed up of hearing “people can do better”. If you get someone in the back, and if the big striker’s wrestling Vic and then puts his arms all over him, heads it in the back of the net, of course he can do better, but it’s a foul.’

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