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Birmingham snubbed new Man United star two years ago

Derby boss reveals he 'may have made a mistake' in turning down the Swedish centre-half while in charge at the Blues

VICTOR LINDELOF was snubbed by Birmingham because he “was not tough enough”.

The Swede last night made just his third competitive appearance for Manchester United since completing his £31million move from Benfica.

Victor Lindelof was supposedly 'not tough enough' to hack it at Birmingham

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Victor Lindelof was supposedly ‘not tough enough’ to hack it at Birmingham

Gary Rowett revealed he almost signed Victor Lindelof while at Birmingham

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Gary Rowett revealed he almost signed Victor Lindelof while at Birmingham

Derby boss Gary Rowett, working as a pundit during United’s 4-1 Carabao Cup win over Burton, revealed he almost signed the defender while in charge of the Blues.


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He told Sky Sports: “About two or three years ago when we first went into Birmingham, an agent called us and said Benfica were trying to get some of the younger players out to expose them to different levels.

“We had a look at him [Lindelof]. It’s ironic actually, I put it to the staff and some of them felt he wasn’t quite tough enough.”

“Then suddenly he’s being touted around at £20-30million so I think we made a mistake.


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“He got straight back into the Benfica team very quickly and of course went from strength to strength.”

Rowett watched as Lindelof, 23, and his new team-mates ran riot at Old Trafford to reach the fourth round, where they face Swansea away.

Victor Lindelof played his third competitive game for Manchester United last night

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Victor Lindelof played his third competitive game for Manchester United last night

Victor Lindelof joined Manchester United in a £31m deal from Benfica this summer

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Victor Lindelof joined Manchester United in a £31m deal from Benfica this summer

Marcus Rashford scored twice while Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial also netted to maintain United’s rampant home form.

It is now 17 goals in five matches at the Theatre of Dreams which has left Jose Mourinho in a fantasy world.

Gary Rowett admits he 'may have made a mistake' in turning down Victor Lindelof

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Gary Rowett admits he ‘may have made a mistake’ in turning down Victor Lindelof

Nigel Clough was pleased with Burton's performance at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup

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Nigel Clough was pleased with Burton’s performance at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup

But Championship side Burton finally silenced the stadium when Lloyd Dyer scored the first visiting goal in injury time.

Albion boss Nigel Clough said: “Our fans will go home with wonderful memories tonight.

“Nobody comes here expecting us to pull off a result but we gave a good account of ourselves and we scored a goal.”

But Lindelof’s glamorous fiancee was less than impressed after branding sky-high prices for luxury executive boxes at Old Trafford “disgusting”.


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