Lindegaard sees no lowering of standards

Manchester United keeper Anders Lindegaard is adamant the club will never lower their sights despite the nightmare debut campaign under new boss David Moyes.

Anders Lindegaard

A lifelong United fan, who is even putting his professional ambitions on hold to live out a childhood dream at Old Trafford, Lindegaard is feeling the present slump in fortunes more than most.

The Dane is part of a generation who have known nothing but United success.

For them, the sight of their club seventh in the Premier League, out of the FA Cup at the third round stage and suffering four home defeats in six games, is something that is barely comprehensible.

Yet Lindegaard is certain, no matter how far the short-term fall, the club will bounce back and eventually reclaim their place at the top of the English game.

"Manchester United is not going to realign if what you mean by that is start to look lower," he said.

"That is not going to happen at Manchester United.

"Look at the history of this club. It is the most successful club in English football.

"That is not going to change. It is how it is. It is in the genes of the club and is going to continue.

"We are in the middle of the transition. I am sure when the transition is fulfilled we will be as successful as we have ever been."

Evidence of the depth of Lindegaard's feelings for the club come from a story he recounts from New Year's Day.

United were beaten by Tottenham. The 29-year-old had got no nearer the action than a seat on the bench.

"When I got home my wife said 'why are you so angry'. I said it was because we had just lost. She said 'but you didn't play'. I said this is my club. We are losing. It hurts.

"If I was sitting watching the games on the couch I would be very disappointed. That is how it is. It is both a praise and a curse.

"You have to remember how lucky you are. How many football players can say they are part of their biggest dream?

"I am not stupid. I can see I could use some more games somewhere but right now I am helping this club as much as I can."

And that goes right to the heart of Lindegaard's dilemma.

The man who famously announced his arrival from Norwegian side Aalesunds by declaring: "I am not here to pick my nose" has lost his private battle with David de Gea for the number one spot.

Sir Alex Ferguson called a halt when Lindegaard conceded three times at Reading in the middle of last season.

When he turned out against Swansea in the FA Cup on Sunday he was making only his second appearance of the season, a situation that has wrecked promising international ambitions.

Yet Lindegaard remains loyal to a cause and rather than seek more regular action elsewhere, for now he is happy to remain at Old Trafford.

"If I see it through my own eyes I would say 'Jesus Christ I am not playing, why is that'," he said.

"Then it would be easy to get frustrated.

"I have to try and be objective, and raise myself up above just myself and see it from the club's perspective and how much pressure we have been under.

"Then it is easier for me to understand why things are the way they are.

"For me it is all about being a happy human being. I am that now at Manchester United. It is my club since I was a small kid. This is my dream.

"The question is do I have to compromise that dream and seek elsewhere.

"Right now the decision is to stay here and help the club. That is the most important thing."

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