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Anders Lindegaard has insisted that Manchester United are not in decline and that the genes of the club mean they will be as successful in the future as they were in the past.
United have been champions in 13 of the last 21 seasons and have reached the Champions League final in three of the past five years, winning one. But they are only seventh in the Premier League, 11 points off the lead, were knocked out of the FA Cup by Swansea on Sunday and have been beaten four times at home in the space of five weeks.
But goalkeeper Lindegaard is adamant that United are not going to lower their expectations and believes that they will bounce back to the top of the English game.
He said: “Manchester United is not going to realign if what you mean by that is start to look lower. That is not going to happen at Manchester United. This club, look at the history, is the most successful club in English football.
"That is not going to change. It is how it is. It is in the genes of the club. It is going to continue. We are in the middle of the transition. I am sure when the transition is fulfilled we will be as successful as we have ever been."
Lindegaard started against Swansea, just his second appearance of the season, but David de Gea’s understudy revealed he has been angry about defeats even when he has not played.
He added: “The other night I came home after we lost to Tottenham. My wife said: 'Why are you so angry?'. I said it was because we had just lost. She said: 'But you didn't play'. I said: ‘This is my club. We are losing.’
“If I was sitting watching the games on the couch I would be very disappointed. That is how it is. It is both a praise and a curse. When you say it like that, you have to remember how lucky you are. How many football players can say they are part of their biggest dream. I am not stupid. I can see I could use some more games somewhere but right now I am helping this club as much as I can.”
And the Dane is adamant that he will not look to leave Old Trafford, adding: “I am happy to be part of this big club. I enjoy the atmosphere we have in the locker room.
“It is my club since I was a small kid. This is my dream. The question is do I have to compromise that dream and seek elsewhere. Right now the decision is to stay here and help the club: that is the most important thing.”