It is important to maintain concentration levels

Victor Lindelof reflected on a positive evening for Manchester United as they oversaw a 3-0 win over Sheriff at Old Trafford.

Goals from Diogo Dalot, Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo secured the three points as the Red Devils put on a dominating performance and picked up a clean sheet.

There is still work to be done as United travel to Spain next week to face Real Sociedad in their final Europa League group game. To avoid play-offs against demoted teams from the Champions League, United must win by two or more goals.

United have just five games left before the World Cup and five wins should be expected.

Heading into the extended international break as Group E winners and in the top four of the Premier League table would give the team and fans significant momentum for the club’s return to action in December.

Lindelof’s post-match thoughts

The Sweden international will play a key role for United ahead of the World Cup due to injury to Raphael Varane, which keeps him out of action for the Reds until the end of the tournament. Lindelof missed the start of the season through injury but has since been reinstated in the squad alongside new partner Lisandro Martinez.

He shared his thoughts on last night’s win at MUTVsaying: “I think we were controlling the game, obviously they [Sheriff] defending with everyone behind the ball, so in games like this it’s very important to try to keep a high pace with the ball and try to get them moving side to side. We scored three goals and kept a clean sheet, so yeah, a good job from us.

“In games like , that’s one of the most important things: maintaining the level of concentration. We have a lot of the ball and anyway we can lose the ball and they can counter attack, so it’s very, very important for us behind to stay focused.

Contributing a goal for United, he laughed and said: “It has been a long time! Maybe in the future I can score one, but I’m just happy that he [Dalot] scored today and I think he’s played fantastic since the start of the season, so I’m very happy for him.

Regarding Harry Maguire’s return from injury, he added: “It’s very nice to see him again, Donny [Van de Beek] as well. First game for a long time, very happy to have them back. It’s always important to have a full team.

Asked about the importance of winning the group next week, he replied: “Since we started the group stage, we have always aimed to finish first, so as you said, we don’t have to play an extra game. I think it’s very important. We will go down to Spain and try to win the game.

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