The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he decided to drop the Spaniard David de Gea in favour of Anders Lindegaard for the match against Southampton due to the mistake made by the Spaniard in the match against Fulham.
Manchester United managed a very narrow 3-2 win over Fulham at Old Trafford, but they could have easily done the match and lost the initiative in the title race at this early stage in the campaign. Manchester United were coming on the back of a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Everton on the opening day of the season.
As a result, it was extremely crucial for the club to secure victory against Fulham. However, the Spaniard David de Gea made a crucial mistake in the match to allow Fulham equalise, although Manchester United were capable of scoring another goal and winning the match 3-2. As a result of this mistake, the manager decided to drop the young goalkeeper from the match against Southampton and preferred Anders Lindegaard. It was the first start of the season for the Dane and he too conceded two goals in the match. Manchester United, though, ultimately won the match 3-2.
“I think young David made a mistake last week. He knows it. With the form he’s been in, he’s been making some fantastic saves, but one error like that could have cost us the game. It’s just a learning process for him and he’ll be back in a couple of weeks’ time after the international break. Anders had his first game. I thought he was a little bit nervous at points but he’s a very good keeper also. I don’t think it’s a big issue but it’s something you have to deal with,” said Sir Alex Ferguson after the Southampton match.