Lindegaard hopeful of more action

Lindegaard made his sixth appearance of the season in Wednesday’s
5-0 win at Fulham. Although the Denmark international conceded on
his campaign debut against Benfica, he has not let a goal in since.
Yet it almost certainly will not prevent him from being dropped
again on Boxing Day, when United take on relegation-threatened
Wigan at Old Trafford. “I hope I am giving the manager a problem,”
he told MUTV. “In 10 matches nobody will remember any of the saves,
they will remember the statistics. “I have played five games in a
row without letting a goal in. “That is a very beautiful stat and
one I am very happy with.” Although David de Gea has endured a few
wobbly moments this season, Ferguson has retained faith in the
Spain Under-21 star, who was signed from Atletico Madrid for
£18million last summer. By comparison, Lindegaard’s services
were secured for a rather more modest outlay, which is presumably
the reason why De Gea keeps getting the nod. At least Ferguson has
a selection to make though. In other areas of the field his options
are dwindling fast. An extensive injury list got even longer at
Craven Cottage, with Ashley Young expected to be out for three
weeks after coming off worst in a bruising tackle with Dickson
Etuhu. Phil Jones suffered an even greater problem, with Ferguson
likely to confirm tomorrow the teenager sustained a fractured
cheekbone when he was caught in the face by Clint Dempsey’s elbow.
That would mean a spell on the sidelines of between four and six
weeks in a period with Nemanja Vidic has been ruled out for the
remainder of the season and Darren Fletcher will miss an
unspecified period with a rare bowel condition. In addition, Rio
Ferdinand is set to miss the Boxing Day encounter with Wigan after
picking up a foot injury in training. Yet, so far, United have
managed to maintain the momentum generated since that derby
disaster against Manchester City. Ferguson’s side have registered
six wins and a draw following that Old Trafford massacre and remain
just two points adrift of their local rivals, with Lindegaard
confident the Red Devils can exert even more pressure in the coming
weeks. “City are already under real pressure,” he said. “We have
performed well since that defeat. “We can only blame ourselves for
what happened in the Champions League, but apart from that we have
played some really good games. “United have a tradition for being
strong in the winter programme and in the spring so it is going to
be a very tight to decide who will be champions.”