Manchester United are supporting defender Victor Lindelof and his family after their house was broken into during the club’s 3-1 Premier League victory at Brentford on Wednesday night.
Lindelof played the entirety of the match at the Brentford Community Stadium.
During the game Lindelof’s house was broken into, with his wife, Maja Nilsson Lindelof, saying she had to hide in a room with her children as burglars entered the property.
She wrote on Instagram: “We are okay under the circumstances but it was obviously a very traumatic and scary moment for both me and my little kids.
“We are now in Sweden and are spending some time off with our families.”
Ralf Rangnick confirmed Lindelof would miss Saturday’s game against West Ham after the break-in.
He said: “I spoke with him at length on our flight back home from London and also this morning we spoke for about 20, 25 mins. He told me what had actually happened & 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 & family on their own, which I fully understand being a father of two. We agreed that he’ll not be training today and not be on duty tomorrow for the game.”
United, meanwhile, said in a statement: “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.”
Lindelof, 27, has played for Manchester United since 2017, having previously starred for Portuguese side Benfica.
He has made 50 appearances for Sweden’s national team.
(Photo: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)