The Sweden international has signed a new deal until 2024 with the option of a further year.

Victor Lindelof signs new Manchester United deal to 2024

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Manchester United have secured Victor Lindelof's long-term future after agreeing a deal with the defender until at least 2024.

Having finally got David de Gea's extension over the line on Monday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have announced a new and improved contract for the Sweden international.

Lindelof was linked with Barcelona over the summer but has ended any such talk by committing his future to the Old Trafford giants, signing a deal until 2024 with the option of a further year.

"Since the day I arrived at United it has felt like home," he said. "I have grown significantly both as a player and as a person in the last two years and for that I am grateful to everyone at the club for their help and support.

"I love playing football and my aim now is to help the team to win trophies and repay the fans for their unrivalled support.

"I know that everyone at the club shares this vision and will give everything to get Manchester United back to where it belongs.

"I'm still young and know I can improve further but with the help of the boss and his coaching staff, I believe that only good things are ahead for this great club."

Lindelof joined from Benfica in a 35 million euros (£30.75million) deal in 2017 and endured a tough first campaign at United.

But last season the 25-year-old kicked on and was runner-up to Luke Shaw in the club's Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year voting.

United boss Solskjaer said: "Victor has established himself here and has become a very important part of our team.

"He brings calmness on the pitch and I can see that he is determined to help this club and to be successful here.

"I'm extremely happy that he has committed his future to Manchester United. We're all looking forward to working together to deliver the success and get United back to where we know the club belongs."

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Victor Lindelof signs new Manchester United deal to 2024

In Focus: Arsenal's Europa League opponents Eintracht Frankfurt

Arsenal begin their third successive Europa League campaign with a tricky trip to last season's semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night.

The Gunners were beaten finalists last year, slipping to a 4-1 defeat to Chelsea, and will be hoping to go one step better this campaign.

Here, the PA news agency takes a closer look at the Bundesliga side who will most likely pose the biggest threat to Arsenal's progression from Group F.

Going, going, gone

West Ham striker Sebastien Haller joined from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer
West Ham striker Sebastien Haller joined from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer (John Walton/PA).

Frankfurt shocked plenty of onlookers last year as they charged to the last four of the Europa League, only to crash out on penalties to eventual winners Chelsea.

Adi Hutter's side finished seventh in the Bundesliga but were the entertainers in continental football, their talented front three amassing 56 of the 90 goals Frankfurt scored in all competitions.

But that trio have all moved on during the summer, 27-goal top scorer Luka Jovic landing a transfer to Real Madrid, 19-goal Sebastien Haller moving to the Premier League with West Ham and Ante Rebic departing for AC Milan, all for a reported total of over 100million euros.

Replacing such firepower will prove a huge challenge this year and, with Bas Dost joining from Sporting and Andre Silva signing on a season-long loan from Milan, the front line looks as though it will not boast as many goals this time around.

Adi dazzler

Adi Hutter took over from Niko Kovac as Eintracht Frankfurt boss
Adi Hutter took over from Niko Kovac as Eintracht Frankfurt boss (Mike Egerton/PA).

Head coach Hutter was appointed last summer after Niko Kovac left for Bayern Munich.

The Austrian joined having just delivered the Swiss title to Young Boys, although a rocky start at the Commerzbank Arena followed.

Hutter would eventually turn things around and two lengthy unbeaten runs over the course of the campaign saw Eintracht achieve their highest league finish since 2013 and reach the last four of a major European trophy for the first time in 39 years.

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Former Huddersfield defender Erik Durm is now at Eintracht Frankfurt
Former Huddersfield defender Erik Durm is now at Eintracht Frankfurt (Adam Davy/PA).

A few names in the Frankfurt squad will be familiar to followers of the Premier League.

Full-back Erik Durm joined from Huddersfield this summer, while combative midfielder Gelson Fernandes had a spell at Manchester City a decade ago before a later loan stint with Leicester.

Jonathan De Guzman won the EFL Cup during a two-year stay at Swansea and joined an elite list of players to have scored in the top flights in England, Spain, Italy and Germany when he hit his first goal for Frankfurt last September.

Fast Tracht

While Arsenal have played five Premier League games heading into this opening Europa League fixture, Frankfurt have had more than double that number of competitive matches with 11.

Hutter had to guide the club through the Europa League qualifiers, seeing off Estonian side Flora, Vaduz of Lichtenstein and Ligue 1 outfit Strasbourg to reach the group stage.

Add to that a DFB-Pokal first-round win at third-tier Waldhof Mannheim and four Bundesliga games – two wins and two losses – and Frankfurt should be more than ready for Unai Emery's visitors.

Star Man

Martin Hinteregger is a key figure in the heart of the Eintracht Frankfurt defence
Martin Hinteregger is a key figure in the heart of the Eintracht Frankfurt defence (Tim Goode/PA).

For a club who sold a number of their leading lights during the summer, it is difficult to know who will emerge in their place over the coming months.

But centre-back Martin Hinteregger is an important cog in Hutter's side. Having initially joined on loan during last season, the deal was made permanent for a reported 12million euros in June.

An Austria international, the 27-year-old played under Hutter at Red Bull Salzburg as the pair won the league title, and he will be key to keeping Arsenal's forwards quiet on Thursday night.

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Furious Maitland-Niles says Emery got his tactics wrong against Watford in shock blast at the Arsenal manager

AINSLEY Maitland-Niles has launched a surprising attack on Unai Emery by insisting that the Arsenal manager got his tactics wrong at Watford.

The Gunners academy star also questioned club captain Granit Xhaka's claim that his team were "scared" in the 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road.

 Ainsley Maitland-Niles has expressed his frustrations with Arsenal's tactics against Watford
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Defensive howlers meant Arsenal sacrificed a two-goal lead to share the points with the Hornets and extend their run without a win to three games.

The North London side were firmly in control until a wayward pass from Sokratis Papastathopoulos allowed Tom Cleverely to score.

And Maitland-Niles believes Arsenal should have been streetwise enough to have mixed up their game-plan of playing out from the back.

He told Sky Sports: "Words can’t describe how I feel about it.

"I don’t think (that the team was scared), I think we tried to play the way we played. We should have changed it instead of being so persistent and trying to play out from the back.

"We’ve spoken to each other as a team and the manager has also spoken to us.

"We know we’ve done wrong, we can all hold our hands up and blame each other if we wanted to, but we’re a team and we take the responsibility as a team to be better."

The shock blast is unlikely to go down well with Emery, after SunSport revealed that the Spaniard had ordered his players to show "solidarity” to the outside world during a team dinner after the game.

But Maitland-Niles' frustrations reportedly echo that of senior figures at Arsenal, who are concerned about the insistence on playing out from the back.

Since the ex-Paris Saint Germain boss replaced Arsene Wenger at the Emirates, Arsenal have given away the most penalties in the Premier League, as well as committing the most blunders.

Maitland-Niles has now joined teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in expressing his unhappiness with the Watford debacle after the Gabon striker accused his team of “literally giving away goals”.

Despite their public outcries, both stars are expected to retain their spots in Emery's starting XI for the Europa League opener against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

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