Lindegaard anticipates tough Swiss test

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Wednesday's UEFA Champions League clash with FC Basel is probably Manchester United's most important game of the season so far reveals Anders Lindegaard.

The 27-year-old Danish international continues to compete with David De Gea for the Red Devils No.1 spot, and after playing in both of the previous European away games at Benfica and Otelul Galati, Lindegaard will be hoping to feature again.

"It's a very important game," he told MUTV. "I spoke to a friend in Switzerland the other day and he said Basel look really good.

"It's definitely a very important job for us, maybe the most important game so far this season. We have to win - no excuses."

Defeat for the Reds in Switzerland would send last season's UEFA Champions League finalists crashing out of the competition and into the Europa League for the first time.

But after a positive result and clean sheet against Aston Villa on Saturday, Lindegaard is confident United can go to Basel and get a result.

"We go there with confidence as we've played two good league games in a row and performed at a high level both defensively and offensively," he added. "The one thing we need is maybe a couple more goals but it always comes in waves.

"At the beginning of the season, we scored three, five and eight goals per game, but I think we had good offensive play as well on Saturday and created good chances.

"There are a lot of good things we can use for the Basel game and from the Newcastle game last week. There was a lot of good play."

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