Manchester United face a possible fitness scare ahead of the new Premier League season with Victor Lindelof already suffering from fatigue.
United defender Lindelof sat out Sweden’s defeat to Portugal on Tuesday night after feeling ‘very worn down’ following their previous international encounter last weekend.
The 26-year-old played the entire 90 minutes for Sweden when they lost to France on Saturday night but had not recovered in time for their encounter with Portugal three days later.
Sweden manager Janne Andersson confirmed that Lindelof’s absence was not through injury but that the centre-back simply needed extra rest ahead of the new domestic season.
“He [Lindelöf] played with Manchester United up until a few weeks ago and joined us after vacation,” Andersson said.
“He was tired. We talked beforehand about him only playing one game. After the game against France, he felt very worn down.”
Lindelof’s absence is an obvious worry for United ahead of what is expected to be one of the most physically exhausting seasons in the history of top-flight English football.
United have been allowed a later start date than the rest of the league having been involved in the latter stages of the Europa League, with their opening day trip to face Burnley already postponed.
It means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will have had just 34 days between finishing and starting the new season when they host Crystal Palace a week on Saturday.