Anders wants Euro glory for Edwin

BY foxsports • May 26, 2011

Saturday's Wembley encounter against Barcelona will be the 40-year-old Dutchman's final professional match before retirement. And Lindegaard, who admits he has been honoured to work alongside the former Holland international, thinks a third Champions League winners' medal - having won it with Ajax in 1995 and United in 2008 - would be the ideal send off. "Edwin is the best in the world and the biggest at United from my point of view," said the Dane. "He has been an ambassador for United and for football and is a great character and it has been a great privilege to get to know him as a person. "He has done amazing since coming here and it would be a perfect way to say goodbye if he could do the same thing as the last time we won the Champions League. "If he retires now he leaves the perfect legacy - it is really his choice to do that." Lindegaard has made just two appearances for United - both in the FA Cup - having signed in January and may have hoped for more exposure following the departure of Van der Sar and the expected exit of Tomasz Kuszczak. However, manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed yesterday they were working on a deal to sign Atletico Madrid's David de Gea to be the Red Devils' number one next season. Lindegaard accepted it will be difficult to replace the vastly-experienced Van der Sar - De Gea has yet to win an international cap - but United had to look to move forward. "It has been one of the great attributes this club has had, having a good mixture of experience and youth and it is a dynamic process when people come and go," added the 26-year-old, who was on the bench for United's final match of the Barclays Premier League season at home to Blackpool. "The central thing in this is to remember how great a player Edwin has been, he is an historical character for the club. "People come and go and Ed will of course be missed in the dressing room as he is a great character, a good friend and goalkeeper." Lindegaard admits he does not yet feel part of the team, although a place on the bench on Saturday would certainly help the process, but he is keen to work hard to prove his worth. "I am still aware that it hasn't been my championship we have just won and I haven't been a big part of the Champions League yet," he added. "But it is a very nice thing to be a part of the team and to see United doing well. "It is about trying to suck experience out of everything I see." The closest the former Aalesund goalkeeper has come to a Champions League final is watching United's 2009 defeat in Rome on television. As a United fan, it is not something he recalls fondly. "You forget defeats pretty fast, I think you have to have that ability," he said. "I watched the 2009 final and as I remember everyone said Barcelona were much better and it was really deserved but I think we had our chances in that game as well. "This is a new game and it will be a big shout to get it."


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