Andreas Pereira replies to Instagram post criticising Victor Lindelof defending

Andreas Pereira has leapt to Victor Lindelof’s defence after the centre-back was criticised on social media for his performance in Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat against Sevilla.

United crashed out of the Europa League on Sunday night, with Luuk de Jong’s 78th-minute tap-in proving the difference at the RheinEnergieStadion.

They initially took the lead in Germany when Marcus Rashford was brought down in the box by Diego Carlos, which allowed Bruno Fernandes to tuck another penalty away.

Yet Suso shortly brought Sevilla level, before De Jong converted the winner with 12 minutes remaining.

After the Dutchman’s decisive strike, BT Sport cameras picked up what looked like a heated argument between Lindelof and Fernandes.

The Swedish defender was caught napping in the box when De Jong swept the ball home, failing to clear Jesus Navas’ initial cross into the box.

And Bleacher Report have suggested he was at fault for United’s defeat, uploading a photoshopped picture on Instagram that shows him arguing with himself along with the caption: “Lindelof only has one person to blame”.

However, Pereira has defended his Red Devils team-mate by commenting on the post.

“We win as a team but we lose as a team as well,” the midfielder wrote.

“He didn’t blame nobody he would never do that.”

Fernandes played down his spat with Lindelof after the defeat, insisting it is “normal” in the heat of the moment.

“It's normal when you concede,” he said.

“It's not about me or Victor. What happened between me and Victor is normal.

“It will happen many more times in football. We need to see the mistakes everybody did and improve.”

Solskjaer had no problem with his players criticising each other on the pitch, saying: “It was a disappointing goal to give away because we were on a counter-attack, Antho [Martial] gets brought down. How he's not booked, I don't know.

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“The ball keeps on playing, we work to keep it in, then we lose the ball. It's a disappointing goal to concede and I want the players to be accountable and to put others to account.

“Then again, the cross got deflected, so Brandon's a bit unlucky. Victor gets caught with the ball looping over him after that deflection. So I think that was a bit of frustration that took the boys.”

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