Lindegaard - It will be tight
Manchester United keeper Anders Lindegaard believes it will be a tight title race and it is too early to predict the outcome.
Last Updated: 20/10/11 9:48am
Manchester United keeper Anders Lindegaard believes it will be a tight title race this season and it is too early to predict the outcome.
The Red Devils take on Manchester City in a derby clash at Old Trafford on Sunday and Lindegaard does not see the tie is a potential title decider, despite both clubs blazing a trail at the top of the Premier League.
Instead, the Denmark international insists Chelsea are also in the hunt and it will be tight between the contenders come next May.
He said: "Four games ago I would have said it will be between City and United.
"But Chelsea seem to be going well as well so you can't say it is just about United and City now. It is too early."
Regarding City's threat, he said: "City have looked very good. They have quality players in all positions and two for each one, just like us.
"There is no doubt it is going to be a tight race this year."
Lindegaard, who joined from Aalesunds in January, said there would not be any special preparation for the City clash.
He added: "One of the things that impressed me most when I came to United is that every game is handled the same way
"It doesn't matter whether it is Crawley at home or Chelsea away. It has always been very serious.
"It seems like one of the cornerstones of this club is to always take your opponent seriously.
"It is going to be a normal build-up to the City game, as it would be with any other."
However, Lindegaard is aware that, barring an unexpected injury to David de Gea, he will start Sunday's game on the bench.
The 27-year-old was making only his third appearance of the season in the UEFA Champions League win away to Otelul Galati on Tuesday night and he is adopting a fairly level-headed approach to his situation, insisting he is not bedevilled by anxiety about having to make the most of every opportunity that comes his way.
"I don't feel under pressure," he said. "Dealing with stuff like that is a massive thing at Manchester United.
"It is a big part of the game, not only because I am a goalkeeper but also as it is a constant at clubs of this size.
"We always have to win.
"I prepare the same, whether it is a training game in the United States or a Champions League game in Romania or Portugal. That is part of the job of being a goalkeeper.
"One of the important steps to success is always to be focused and concentrated."