Victor Lindelof played all 90 minutes of Man Utd's 3-1 win at Brentford on Wednesday; defender's wife and children were at home when their house was broken into; Ralf Rangnick says Lindelof will not play against West Ham on Saturday, with Jadon Sancho also doubtful
Friday 21 January 2022 23:27, UK
Manchester United are supporting Victor Lindelof and his family after their house was broken into during Wednesday's Premier League match against Brentford.
The Sweden international played the entirety of the 3-1 win, with wife Maja Nilsson Lindelof saying she hid in a room with her children before the intruders entered the house.
A United statement read: "We can confirm that a break-in occurred at Victor Lindelof's house during the away game against Brentford.
"His family, who were at home at the time, were unhurt but clearly shaken. This was a distressing experience for them, and for Victor when he learned of it after the game, and the club is providing them with our full support.
"We encourage anyone with information about the crime to contact the police."
In an Instagram story, Lindelof's wife Maja said: "During Victor's game this Wednesday night we had a break-in at our house in Manchester.
"I was home alone with both kids but we managed to hide and lock ourselves in a room before they entered our house.
"We are OK under the circumstances but it was obviously a very traumatic and scary moment for both and my little kids.
"We are now in Sweden and are spending some time off with our families."
Ralf Rangnick, United's interim manager, confirmed Lindelof will not be involved against West Ham on Saturday in order to be with his family.
"I spoke with him at length on our flight back home from London and also this morning we spoke for about 20 minutes, 25 minutes," the German said.
"He told me what had actually happened and that this was really a traumatic event, especially for his wife and even the three-year-old son.
"He said to me that he right now needs to stay at home. He doesn't want to leave his wife and his family on their own, which I can fully understand being a father of two children myself.
"We agreed that he will not be training today and also not be on duty tomorrow for the game."
Jadon Sancho may also be missing against West Ham having been given compassionate leave following the death of a family member.
"He didn't train yesterday (Thursday) because he still asked us to be able not to train since he attended that funeral on Wednesday," Rangnick said.
"It still affected him quite a lot. He will be expected back to training this afternoon at three o'clock, but right now it's not sure if he will be available for the game tomorrow.
"It was an important member of the family, somebody he was very close to all his life, therefore I have to wait and see, speak to him before training and after training and then take the decision if he will be available for tomorrow."
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