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Man Utd centre-back competition heats up after Lindelof signing

The battle for the position of centre-back in the Manchester United starting XI will undoubtedly heat up after the arrival of Victor Lindelof from Benfica.

The 22-year completed his £30.7m move to Old Trafford on Wednesday.

With manager Jose Mourinho not convinced by the performances of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones at centre-half last season, the Portuguese views Lindelof as the ideal partner for Eric Bailly.

However, Smalling and Jones will not take Lindelof's arrival lightly and pre-season will become a fiery competition to impress Mourinho, something that Lindelof is not shying away from.

"Of course [I'm ready to fight for my place]," the Swede told MUTV.

"There are some great players here in my position, but I'm here to do my best and try and help the team as good as I can."

"It's always good to have other good players around you because when you have that I think you get better as well."

Andrew Maclean
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