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I will prove my hero wrong
Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard was written off by Peter Schmeichel before he even arrived at Manchester United. But Lindegaard insists that he will demonstrate all the single-mindedness that was associated with his famous Danish compatriot to establish himself at Old Trafford. When United legend Schmeichel was asked whether he was good enough for his old club, he said: “No, we are talking about Manchester United here.” Edwin Van der Sar remains first choice and Ferguson has been careful not to put too much pressure on Lindegaard, who insists he has not moved to United to sit on the bench. Lindegaard said: “I am not here just to be here. I am here because I want to be the best. This is the place where you can be the best and be respected as such. I am not thinking about Edwin’s situation. I only focus on things I can do something about and that is me.”
Graham Chase, Daily Express
Elsewhere, The Guardian claim Owen Hargreaves is “facing the prospect of being left out” of United’s Champions League squad for the knockout stages. Danny Taylor writes: “The 25-man squad has to be submitted to Uefa by 1 February and if the luckless Hargreaves is omitted it will only increase the sense that a player who turned 30 [on Thursday] is unlikely to be offered a new contract to replace his present deal, which expires in June.”
The Times names Nemanja Vidic as one of six players who has set the Barclays Premier League alight this season, while The Sun report Rio Ferdinand’s belief that United have the best squad in England. “I look around the changing room and I'm happy with the players we've got. I'm sure the manager is too.”