"If you don't buy one, you are considered to be a loser" - Manchester United star's wife admits players feel forced to fork out around £81,000 on boxes for friends and family 

Maja Nilsson Lindelof on boxes for friends and family at Manchester United's stadium Old Trafford (Pic Credit [R]: Instagram/@majanilssonlindelof)
Maja Nilsson Lindelof on boxes for friends and family at Manchester United's stadium Old Trafford (Pic Credit [R]: Instagram/@majanilssonlindelof)

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof's wife Maja Nilsson has opened up on how the players feel forced to buy boxes at Old Trafford for friends and family to view matches. She said that players have to buy these extremely expensive boxes costing around £81,000, or risk being considered a 'loser.'

Lindelof joined the Red Devils from Benfica in 2017 and has played 196 games across competitions for United so far. He is a key member of their defense alongside Harry Maguire.

Soon after the Sweden international's move to Old Trafford, Nilsson explained how the players are under pressure to rent boxes for their friends and family. These boxes cost somewhere between £24,000 and a whopping £81,600 per season (via The Daily Star).

On her Swedish podcast Livet Pa Laktaren, which translates to 'Life in the Stands', she said:

"Here, the players have the option to rent a box, and I'm not even going to tell you for how much but a disgusting amount of money. And if you don't buy one, you're considered to be a loser. But having a box is wonderful because you have your own waiter."

Nilsson is an entrepreneur, blogger and author, and is an expert in marketing. However, she has expressed her frustration in the past at being made to feel small and only being recognized as the wife of the Manchester United defender. She said:

“I am so sick and tired of people trying to make me smaller. Tired of people not knowing what’s important in life. I am an entrepreneur. I have my own company and soon I will start one more."

She said that her husband supports her and added:

“If that is with money or love is none of your business.”

Lindelof is gearing up for another season with Manchester United but will have increased competition this time with the arrival of new recruit Lisandro Martinez.

Manchester United's summer transfer business so far

The Red Devils have made three signings so far in the ongoing summer transfer window under new manager Erik ten Hag. They have signed left-back Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord, midfielder Christian Eriksen on a free transfer and defender Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.

An agreement has been reached for the transfer of Lisandro Martinez 🔴🇦🇷#MUFC || @LisandrMartinez

As per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United have also agreed to a deal worth €85 million in total for Frenkie de Jong with Barcelona. However, they are yet to agree personal terms with the Dutchman, who wants to stay at the Camp Nou.

In terms of outgoings, Paul Pogba (now at Juventus), Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata left on free transfers. Nemanja Matic has also left the club despite having a year remaining on his contract. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Dean Henderson has joined Nottingham Forest on loan, while midfielder Andreas Pereira has joined Fulham.

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