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Lindelof will continue playing through the pain to help Man United

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Edinson Cavani and Victor Lindelof celebrating (Getty Images)
Edinson Cavani and Victor Lindelof celebrating (Getty Images)

Victor Lindelof vowed to keep sacrificing himself for the team after gritting his teeth to "play through the pain" and help Manchester United maintain their title push with a stunning win against rivals Leeds United.

Things could have unravelled after this month's crushing Champions League exit, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have reacted well by drawing with neighbours Manchester City before coming back to win at Sheffield United on Thursday.

United went onto produce an eye-catching 6-2 win against bitter rivals Leeds, with Sunday's victory propelling the side up to third in the Premier League and within five points of leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.

Talk is growing over a first sustained title push since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as champion in 2013 and Lindelof pointed to growing confidence within the dressing room.

"The most important thing for us is that we're focusing on one game at a time and that's what we've been doing lately," United defender Lindelof told the PA news agency.

"I think we have been performing good and also we have got some good results.

"I think the main thing for us is just to keep working hard, keep focusing on the next game and that's the thing.

"But obviously when you win games you gain more confidence and that's what we've been doing lately."

Put to Lindelof that there seems to a stronger winning mentality this season, he said: "That’s how we want to approach the game. We always want to win. We never want to stop.

"I think today as well it was 4-1 going into half-time and then we knew still Leeds wouldn't stop running and stop fighting.

"I think today, especially in the second half, we showed again the right mentality to keep on doing the things we know we can do.

"I am very pleased with the performance and the mentality as always was amazing today as well."

The collective attitude is boosted by the kind of individual character shown by Lindelof.

Already having to contend with a nagging back issue, the Sweden defender could easily have missed the Leeds game after taking a blow to the knee in Thursday's 3-2 win at Sheffield United.

"It's been tough," Lindelof said. "I've been struggling a lot with my back over the past couple of months, so it's very important for me to do the treatment and recovery right.

"And then against Sheffield, I got a bad knock on my knee, so I was 50-50 for this game, but I managed to go out there and play even though I had pain.

"I just want to help the team and I'm happy that we got the win today.

'I've been struggling a little bit, but I managed to play through the pain today."

- TEAMtalk media

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