Lindegaard regrets QPR goal
Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard insists his side “should not have conceded” a goal in the Barclays Premier League victory over Queens Park Rangers.
Jamie Mackie’s shock opener at Old Trafford prompted a second-half backlash from Sir Alex Ferguson’s men, with three goals in just seven minutes turning the match on its head.
After this latest comeback, Lindegaard bemoaned United’s now familiar pattern of falling behind in games but praised his outfield colleagues’ ability to recover from such deficits.
“Conceding first is a bad habit but on the other hand it’s a good habit that we can turn it around,” Anders told MUTV. “Last weekend against Norwich we were not able do it. It is something we have to look at. We have to be stronger, take our chances and score goals when we have opportunities.
“I don’t think we should have conceded in this match, it is very disappointing. But we have to be happy about getting the three points, although we maybe should have scored a few more goals.
“I asked one of my team-mates in the locker room about what would have happened if we hadn’t conceded a goal. It was like a wakeup call for us and it is a flat feeling to stand here after conceding a goal in this match. But we won it and I think rather comfortably after going 3-1 up.
“I thought Anderson came on and turned the match around. He is one of the best players in the world at running with the ball, passing it and keeping a dynamic motion. He showed that today and turned the game around. He is a brilliant player.
“It was very important but more in the sake that we lost last weekend and also very important to put pressure on Chelsea and Man City, who are playing each other. That will be a very interesting match to watch with a good feeling in the stomach after winning our game today.”
Saturday’s clash with QPR provided a third consecutive start for Lindegaard after featuring against Norwich and Galatasaray in the absence of David De Gea, who was unavailable after having his wisdom teeth removed.
Both goalkeepers were fit at the weekend, however, causing another selection headache for Sir Alex Ferguson, who has repeatedly rotated the pair for much of this season and last.
“I was very pleased to start because I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out,” Anders admitted. “David has been unlucky with his teeth and for me it is a sign that I did well in the last couple of games. I am very happy every time I play.”