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.”