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Ferguson seeks Hart in his No.1
David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard are certainly trying for Sir Alex Ferguson. No matter which one he chooses to start with, he ends up frustrated with them. Lindegaard got the nod for a few games, and was doing OK in Fergie’s eyes. That was until Reading on Saturday, when the Dane conceded three goals in 15 first-half minutes. So out he went and in came De Gea last night to make his first start since November 10. Ferguson admitted before the Cluj game that he is worried by United’s leaky defence, and heading in Sunday’s huge derby clash with Manchester City without a settled No.1. It’s little wonder that he rues the day he passed on signing City keeper Joe Hart, when he was a Shrewsbury unknown. Without the use of Dr Who’s Tardis, Fergie must persevere with Lindegaard and De Gea – with the Spaniard staking his claim to start at the Etihad. He made a fine early reflex save with his feet to keep out red-faced team-mate Chris Smalling’s sliced clearance. That settled De Gea down and what little he had to do, he did well, handling the ball distributing it confidently. He was helpless to stop Luis Alberto’s screamer for Cluj and will be disappointed to have been beaten on his return – but De Gea can be confident of facing City.
Many of today’s papers run quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson after the United boss called on his senior players to “get their act together” ahead of the Manchester derby. Sir Alex also features in The Telegraph, explaining how there were positives to take from Wednesday’s Champions League defeat – as first published on ManUtd.com last night.
Elsewhere, The Express claims FIFA will use goal-line technology for the first time in Japan this week during the FIFA World Club Cup. “The important thing is for the technologies to perform as well as possible and there are no mistakes,” said Hawk-Eye managing director Steve Carter.