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Who is Victor Lindelof? Five things you need to know about Manchester United's new signing

By Gareth Hanna

Long-term target Victor Lindelof has become Manchester United's first signing of the summer.

He was seen driving into United's Carrington training base for his medical on Wednesday morning and was unveiled later that day. But other than the fact he looked a little bit stern, probably because he was being swarmed by photographers, what else do we know about him?

Here's a quick and handy guide to the 22 year-old Swedish centre-back (we'll throw in those few details in for free).

1. He is a referee's absolute dream

Roy Keane he is not. In fact, since his Benfica debut in 2013, Lindelof has made 73 appearances but he's been booked just six times and he has yet to see a red card. Add in his 11 senior caps for Sweden and there are only another two yellow cards and still no reds on show. After saying all that, get your money on a straight red in his United debut.

2. His partnership with Eric Bailly is already a blossoming love story

Lindelof was reported to be joining United even back in January. And Eric Bailly was absolutely buzzing, even if he did throw in a poor attempt not to offend his existing centre-back partners.

"I hope to play with him. Hopefully he will help us," Bailly was quoted by Fotbollskanalen back in January. "He is a very good player. He has great qualities and will certainly do well if he comes to us.

"We have many good central defenders - Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones - but I hope I get to play with Lindelof. I don't have a guaranteed place and I know I have to be good to play. We're all fighting to play. I think we have done well. We have done our best.

"The day we get to play, if it comes, we must take advantage of that opportunity. I think we would fit well together."

3. He's a born winner

They say success is a habit, and a handy one to have if you're a professional footballer. The 22 year-old is well used to coming out on top. At both club and international level, trophies have already followed his path. After his 2011 move to Benfica from Västerås SK, he was part of the side that won the Portuguese Under-19s championship. Stay with me, it does get more impressive than that. Another underage honour followed in 2015 but in impressive circumstances. First he was left out of Sweden's squad for the tournament but not one to sulk, he grabbed his opportunity after injury to Emil Krafth, scored the winning penalty in the final against Portugal and was named in the Team of the Tournament.

And in the club scene, he won his first league title with Västerås SK in Sweden aged just 15 and has since enjoyed three league wins with Benfica, as well as two Portuguese Cups and one Portuguese League Cup success. Odds on a trophy at Old Trafford next season?

4. He has got some mad skillz

You know it's good when it's got a z. He does though. Lindelof is calm on the ball, which should, in theory at least, compliment Eric Bailly's more direct approach. Just have a look at this. How many centre-halves do this when they're still cutting their teeth at international level? Not many.

He has even earned the nickname 'Iceman' during his stay at Benfica because he's so good on the ball. He played 1744 passes in the Primeira Liga last season, 402 more than any other defender. Not bad.

5. His tackling stat isn't the best

There are lies, damned lies and statistics. Well here's one (a statistic) that may or may not give you a flavour for a less strong side of Lindelof's game. He won just 0.53 tackles per game last season, a paltry figure compared to 1.87 for Bailly, 1.42 for Phil Jones and 1.14 for Marcos Rojo. Fear not though, when you're playing for the champions, perhaps there just isn't as much need to stick the foot in.

Anyhow, now you know Victor Lindelof just a little bit better after his £30 million move to Manchester United.

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