Anniversary win pleases Lindegaard
Published 06/11/2011 | 14:02
Anders Lindegaard was thrilled Manchester United could help make manager Sir Alex Ferguson's day even more special with three points against Sunderland.
Ferguson joined United 25 years ago and has guided them to 24 major domestic and European titles, and on Saturday it was announced the north stand at Old Trafford had been renamed in his honour.
Goalkeeper Lindegaard said: "One of the biggest stands in the world is called Sir Alex Ferguson. I would be thrilled if I could have just one seat out there called Anders Lindegaard's seat. He has created this club almost from the bottom and he's the biggest manager in football history. We deserved to win and to reward the manager on his 25th anniversary with a clean sheet and a win is very good."
The match itself was certainly not one of the more memorable of Ferguson's reign but United dominated both possession and chances, and the only goal of the game went their way just before half-time when Red Devils old boy Wes Brown headed into his own net.
Lindegaard denied the occasion had got to the players and instead blamed a failure to play at a high enough tempo for their scrappy performance, although he had no complaints about the defensive side of the display.
The Dane said: "Some of the wisest words I've learned since I came here came from the manager, and that's 'play the game, not the occasion'.
"We've tended to slow down our pace when we've played opponents in a lower gear than ourselves.
"We have to do that better.
"I think we played very well defensively, we didn't let Sunderland have any chances almost the whole game. It's maybe the best we've played defensively all season, but there's still room for improvement."
Lindegaard was making only his second Barclays Premier League appearance for United since joining the club 12 months ago from Aalesund, but he had little chance to impress as Sunderland were kept at arm's length.