United blanks delight Lindegaard


Manchester United stopper Anders Lindegaard was delighted to keep a fourth clean sheet in five games against Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Danish international is regarded as the second choice at Old Trafford behind David de Gea, but continues to impress when given the chance by manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Beaten only by Oscar Cardozo in the 1-1 Champions League draw against Benfica this term, Lindegaard is delighted with his own run of form, but more importantly to pick up another Barclays Premier League win.

"Clean sheets are like goals for goalkeepers. In 10 games, nobody will remember how many fantastic saves were made - they will remember how many clean sheets were kept. For my sake, I would rather win 1-0 than 10-1 because I am a goalkeeper and I want a clean sheet," he said post-match.

"It was a very important win. We were under a lot of pressure because of the other results so I think we did very well and played brilliantly in defence. It was top class and very enjoyable.

"It's not easy - if it looks easy, then it's a big compliment to the goalkeeper. One of the biggest compliments you can get as a keeper is if you make difficult things look easy.

"You have to be 100 per cent focused all the way. I think, personally, one of my best attributes is my ability to focus and stay focused. I don't find it very difficult."

Lindegaard was quick to spread the praise to the rest of his teammates however, with particular praise given to defensive duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

The 'veteran' pair have come under pressure from the rising young stars within the Red Devils this term, but proved once again at Villa Park that there is plenty of life left in the old dogs.

"They are two absolute world-class players and I think what you saw today was some of the best defensive work you can see on this planet from some of the best defensive players on this planet as well," he concluded.

"It's very enjoyable to play behind them because they make it look easy."

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