'He probably punished himself' - Mourinho laments Lindelof injury

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The Sweden defender played through the latter stages of the draw with Crystal Palace with a hamstring problem

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at the Sweden national team after confirming that Victor Lindelof played through the pain barrier against Crystal Palace.

The 24-year-old played twice during the recent international break, including going the full 90 minutes against Russia having come off at half-time against Turkey through illness.

Lindelof was deemed fit enough to start for the visit of Palace, a dull goalless draw with has increased the pressure on Mourinho's position at Old Trafford.

In the closing stages of the stalemate, the centre-back was in clear pain but with United having made all three of their substitutions, Lindelof played on instead of reducing his team to 10 men.

Mourinho told MUTV: “I believe [he is injured]. I have to believe so.

“I always say this is the period of the injuries. If they are not injured with the national teams, they come to the clubs and are injured.

“He played against Russia three days ago or two days ago, but of course, we need him when he plays.

“He was probably our best player. He was a brave lad, but he probably punished himself. 

"I don’t know how long he will be out, but he is a fantastic example.”

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The news means Lindelof is a major doubt for the Champions League visit of Young Boys, with games at Southampton and home to Arsenal to follow in the next 10 days.

Following a troubling maiden campaign at United, the former Benfica defender has been one of the few positives during an otherwise harrowing season for the club.

He has started 11 of the club's 13 Premier League games, missing out just once against Newcastle in October.

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