Lindegaard warns United of errors

Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has warned his side that they must guard themselves against errors in this season’s Champions League campaign, and must do better than last term.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were eliminated in the group stages disappointingly in 2011-12, and start their campaign this time round against Galatasaray on Wednesday.

The Danish stopper has stated that his side must cut out silly errors and ensure that they are clinical in the competition in 2012-13.

“We have to do better. Anything else will be very disappointing as it was last season when we went out after the group stage,” The Guardian quote Lindegaard as saying.

“I think we got too careless. In a couple of games, especially against Basel at home [drawing 3-3], it was very annoying for us. That was the tendency last season. We had the game in our hands and we threw it away. For whatever reason that was, we cannot afford to do that again this season.

“We have to win everything. That is how it is to play for Manchester United. I don’t think it is bad for us to have a so-called easier group. But I’m not sure it is very good either.

“No matter who you play against in the Champions League, it is a special kind of football, the team you are playing are the champions or among the top three in their respective countries and we have to take every assignment very seriously. We can’t afford to make light of anything.

“I don’t know if we were complacent last season but the fact is we didn’t go through and we were very disappointed, and we have to make it right,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight