Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof says he’s still carrying a back problem that has caused him difficulties throughout the season.

He has been Harry Maguire’s regular partner in the defence this season but the ongoing issue has occasionally forced the player to the sidelines to undergo treatment, missing midweek’s draw with Crystal Palace as a result.

Victor admits he has been struggling with his back this term but is hopeful however he’ll be available for Sunday’s Manchester derby.

‘Of course. It’s a big game, everyone wants to play in those games,’ Lindelof told the club’s official website. ‘Yeah I’ve been struggling a bit with my back. I’ve been having it for the last couple of months.

‘I missed a few games as well and I am just trying to manage it in a good way. I missed a few games and I came back slowly. I played one game and then I got to rest again, it felt a bit better.

‘It started to come back a little bit but I’m just trying to manage it in a good way, do the recovery right and then treatment. [I’m] just trying to manage it in a good way.’

Meantime, Manchester United have reportedly pinpointed Fredi Bobic as a possible candidate to become director of football at the club.

In spite of long-standing speculation about an appointment in that capacity, United chiefs have so far opted against bringing in a new figure behind the scenes.

However, according to Bild, the English giants have placed the ex-Germany international on their shortlist.

Bobic is understood to have informed Eintracht Frankfurt that he wants to take on a fresh challenge after five years with the Bundesliga side.