José Mourinho confirms Victor Lindelof's injury with Man Utd to defend for a long time



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Victor Lindelof faces a long period after Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Manchester United's central defender has suffered a "correct" injury.

Mourinho's fears were confirmed after the Swede injured his groin in the last stages of Saturday's scoreless draw with Crystal Palace.

Lindelof will still have his injury fully appraised, and no timeline has been set for his comeback, but Mourinho is hopeful that he will be available for Christmas.

Man Utd manager said: "For a good time. Victor has an injury, a proper injury, which will keep him off for a while.

"He takes the exam tomorrow, but from the experience of the medical department and the feelings of the players, he has a muscle problem and muscle problems take time.

"I would say if we have it for Christmas, where we need all players to be available for this difficult period, it will be good.

"We waited a bit for the scan."

Lindelof's absence against the Young Boys will mean that United are forced to break what Mourinho believes to be their strongest defensive central partnership, having been encouraged by the growing understanding between Lindelof and Chris Smalling in recent weeks.

Phil Jones or Eric Bailly are expected to come in, with Marcos Rojo also missing from the trainings on Monday afternoon.

Matteo Darmian was another absent after starting his first game against the Palace since United's opening season with Leicester.

Luke Shaw will return to United after losing Saturday's game due to suspension – but it is not yet known if Mourinho agrees with his threat to disrupt some of the stars after accusing them of lack of heart and desire against the team. Roy Hodgson.

United can qualify for the knockout round with a win if Valencia do not beat Juventus in Turin.

Mourinho's team have only won three of nine home games in all competitions this season, but Young Boys coach Gerardo Seoane insists Old Trafford remains a daunting prospect for visiting teams.

"I think this (record) is just something that is not usual," he said. "I think Manchester United is strong at home. Also, they want to show their crowd that they are strong at home.

"This stadium has a great tradition. Manchester United is always the Red Devils at home. We expect a very difficult game. I hope Manchester United is also confident. "

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