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Lindegaard: DDG And I Are Very Good Friends

With Sir Alex Ferguson chopping and changing our starting keeper, some might wonder what impact this had on David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard’s relationship behind the scenes. However, when asked if the rivalry had affected his friendship with De Gea, he was clear that it hadn’t.

“Not at all. I can say, with hand on heart, not at all,” he said. “I have a very good relationship with David. We are very good friends. I have a lot of respect for him and I feel he has a lot of respect for me too. So it doesn’t affect us at all. I would say it’s more the opposite – we support each other very much. From the first day he came to the club, we have both been telling each other, ‘I think you can try to solve this situation in a different way.’ We always try and guide each other. I’m a bit older than him and he’s a bit more experienced than me in terms of playing games. So we can help each other in a lot of things. I think the whole environment created for us by Eric Steele is very good. I’m sure it’s not an easy job to have two qualified keepers who both want to play as No.1. Obviously, there can only be one so it’s not an easy job to keep us both happy, keep us both motivated and keep our character where we want to play for him and perform for him, as we want to perform for the manager.”

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  1. utd_fc says:


    Sad to say I hadn’t found this gem of a blog in 09. Will try to find the link in question.

    See the thing is with all this one-upping the other and constant keeping score there’s no way either set of fans is gonna back down. too much hate between way too many people. it’s still possible to pipe down a lot of like 10-20 lads or maybe even a 100. but the hoards and hoards of fans that fill anfield and trafford, and the millions more tuning into their sets is a lot of fuckin people. Can’t quiet em all down, and it only takes a couple bastards to get everyone nuts

  2. slim says:

    Thank Fuck the football is back on. I’m sure everyone will be back by Saturday after we hammer Wigan

  3. DreadedRed says:

    slim – that’s right, and Sir Alex clearly felt the same way. The players may not like being blasted, but they sure like being part of a winning squad. No pain no gain, so when they lose the fire and focus, the hairdryer comes out. Those players who are driven by success recognise that sometimes it takes a taskmaster with a whip to get them back on the road to the glory they desire.

  4. Proverb says:

    That’s some sentimental statement by tonyV
    Going by his recent comments about the referee and getting robbed in the airport, its obvious he doesn’t love it at international stages..
    If it keeps on, the guy will retire before turning 30 he’s that decisive.

    If he does, I’ll stand by him its sickening being treated unfairly at your fucking home

  5. DreadedRed says:

    Proverb – can’t blame Tony for being upset. He flies across the world to represent his country, only for his countrymen to steal his camera while they pretend to let him through security with a smile.

    TonyV retiring from international football would be a great move for United, not going to happen anytime soon, methinks.

  6. Proverb says:

    Its crazy @dread
    Being robbed by a security its the most gutting thing, it feels like you just got hit by a bus

    Hopefully he recovers from this awful happenings in time for the game. I’m sure that won’t take him down…

  7. utd_fc says:

    So what off the team tomorrow? Anyone know if VP or Kagawa starting? I’m doing the espn fantasy league and i got both in my team so i’m kinda fucked if they don’t play :P

  8. DreadedRed says:

    Proverb – where I live, being robbed by security is par for the course. Being hit by a bus is also far too prevalent. Being hit by a stolen bus driven by security is the tragic-trifecta. If you don’t play, you can’t win.

  9. Proverb says:

    :) @dread

    Some interesting stats
    •Bayern, Man United, Swansea, Juve & Man City all have a better pass success rate than Barca (88.3%)

  10. Proverb says:

    Awaiting SAF’s Press Conference

    I hear rumours about both swags and RVP facing a late fitness test ahead of the game

  11. DreadedRed says:

    Sir Alex on team news for the Wigan match:
    “On the injury front, everyone’s fit, Apart from the ones we know about – Jones and Smalling. Jones was a bad blow for us. He got an injury in training last wekend. He’ll be out for 8-10 weeks. We expect Smalling to be back training inside a month. But with Jonny Evans now back we’re in better shape at centre-back than we were a couple of weeks ago.”

  12. DreadedRed says:

    Sir Alex on players returning from internationals:
    “You always have concerns about players travelling [long distances] in international breaks – we had Chicharito, Valencia and Kagawa. They’ve all done it before, although with Shinji we don’t know exactly how he reacts to travelling back from long distances. Hopefully he’ll be okay.”

  13. DreadedRed says:

    Sir Alex on Darren Fletcher:
    “Darren’s training well and played in the Reserves on Monday night. The next step is when we can involve him in a game in the first team. He’s in the squad tomorrow, simply because I think it will give him a boost. It’s a chance to progress. At this moment in time everything’s going fine for him. We understand the condition he has to deal with – that can change but hopefully he’s managed to conquer it in terms of his diet and how he handles it. Things are going well at the moment.”

  14. DreadedRed says:

    Sir Alex on facing Liverpool next week after the Hillsborough report:
    “It shouldn’t need what happened this week to change things [between United and Liverpool supporters]. Two great clubs, ourselves and Liverpool, should understand each other’s problems. The fact we’re playing them after the findings we’ve been reading about in the last few days does brings a focus to it. Both clubs have suffered such tremendous fatalities through football. Maybe it’s a line in the sand now in terms of how supporters behave towards each other. The reputation of both clubs doesn’t deserve trouble. You hope supporters of both teams support their club and that’s the end of it.”

  15. DreadedRed says:

    Sir Alex on landmarks for Giggs [600 Premier League games], Scholes and Ferdinand:
    “My personal feeling is that Ryan can play for another couple of years. Paul’s a different physical specimen to Ryan and he’s had his injuries – two knee injuries, an eye injury – and yet he’s playing his 700th game. It’s phenomenal. Rio’s playing his 400th game. It’s a landmark for the three players and it’s a great example to the younger players about what can be achieved if they sacrifice in football. These players have done that or they would never have got to this stage.”

  16. DreadedRed says:

    Sir Alex on the quest for clean sheets:
    “We’re losing soft goals at the moment and we’re going to address that as we did last year. Defending is every bit as important as the goals we’re scoring. There are goals in our team, certainly but you have to balance that out. Do we have to score three to win every game? I don’t want to go down that road. Hopefully we can keep Ferdinand and Vidic fit. That will help.”

  17. Zibbie says:

    Thanks Dr Dread keep it coming, I am off to work soon!!! Then a game tomorrow !!!!!!

  18. kanchelskis says:

    Is Shinji going to have to do a Rio? Standing up and walking around repeatedly on flights so his back doesn’t seize up. What a bummer.

  19. Zibbie says:

    Like the 6 1-0 games last year that straitened out the team.!!

  20. Proverb says:

    Wow, pleased to hear that both swags and RVP are fit to play tomorrow
    It has been an eventful week filled with loads of rumours, unfounded news and the hillsboroughs tragedy disclosure

    I’m chuffed that FOOTball is finally back
    Football, not the bore-o internationals


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