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Manchester United have completed the signing of Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard from Aalesunds.

United seal keeper deal - Dane signs three-and-a-half year deal

United have been chasing a new keeper for the past few months and were strongly linked with the likes of David De Gea and Gianluigi Buffon, but Sir Alex Ferguson has opted for Lindegaard.

The 26-year-old passed a medical in Manchester earlier this week and has now signed a deal until 2014 after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

Lindegaard will train with United from now, but he will not be eligible to play until the transfer window re-opens on 1st January.

Ferguson was delighted to get his man, commenting: “Anders is one of the brightest young keepers in the game.

“The challenge at Manchester United is always to look to the future and in Anders, we have signed a goalkeeper of great presence and even more promise.

“Having the time to train with him before he is registered will be an important period for him – almost like a pre-season to get him integrated with the other players.”

Lindegaard added: “Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me.

“The club is such an institution in Denmark, it’s an honour to come here.

“I’m looking forward to playing and training alongside some of the great players in football today.

“I can’t wait to be part of this team and to make my contribution to keeping the team at the top of the game.”

 

 

Vidic heads home United's late leveller

 

Manchester United produced a stirring fightback to extend their unbeaten start to the season in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men looked destined to suffer their first defeat in all competitions this season after Ashley Young blasted home the opener from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute with Marc Albrighton adding the second four minutes later following a swift counter-attack.

Substitute Federico Macheda gave the Red Devils hope as he found the top corner of Brad Friedel’s net in the 81st minute before Nemanja Vidic’s diving header five minutes from time extended Villa’s miserable Premier League run against United to just one win in their last 30 meetings.

After a slow start to the game, Dimitar Berbatov missed a glorious opportunity to put United in front in the 16th minute when he scuffed his shot wide following a neat pass from Javier Hernandez, with Villa appealing in vain for offside.

Wes Brown, brought in at right-back in place of the injured Rafael, was then allowed to wander unmarked towards the near post to make contact with Nani’s whipped free-kick on the edge of the six-yard box but could not direct the chance on target.

Ashley Young forced Edwin van der Sar into a sprawling save on the half-hour mark with a strike from the edge of the box after Gabriel Agbonlahor had flicked on by beating Rio Ferdinand in the air.

Sleepy

Nani and Patrice Evra then demonstrated some quick thinking with the winger playing in the left-back with a free-kick from the edge of the area, but the smart move caught out their own team as much as Villa’s sleepy defence with no-one on hand inside the six-yard box to turn home the France international’s dangerous cross.

Stewart Downing then worked space for a shot as half-time approached but saw his curling strike deflected wide with Van der Sar scrambling across his goal, before James Collins headed well wide in added time before the break.

Stephen Warnock and Nani became embroiled in an altercation at the start of the second period, with the Villa full-back seizing possession and playing on despite his rival being in a heap, before Albrighton lashed wide following Vidic’s poor touch in his own area.

The Portugal international was clearly incensed by the earlier challenge and elected to seek his own immediate retribution and was lucky only to be booked after a blatant swing of the arm into his opponents face as they jumped for a ball.

And in the 54th minute Albrighton missed Villa’s best chance of the match as Downing’s delightful cross found him in space at the far post but his cushioned header back across goal also went wide of the post.

Gerard Houllier’s men went even closer in the 67th minute as another splendid ball into the box from Downing was met by Collins’ towering header, which beat Van der Sar all ends up, only to crash back into the play after hitting the face of the crossbar.

Pressure

Seconds later the woodwork was rattling again as Agbonlahor attempted a one-two with Ashley Young before smashing the loose ball against the base of the near post with United’s goalkeeper helpless again.

But Villa’s pressure finally told when a lightning break by Agbonlahor saw the striker burst away from Vidic down the right before crossing for Ashley Young, with the Villa player unceremoniously bundled over by Wes Brown.

Referee Dean had no hesitation in pointing to the spot before Young picked himself up to confidently drive the ball home, sending Van der Sar the wrong way in the process.

And Villa doubled their lead in the 76th minute with another clever counter-attack as Ashley Young fed Downing down the left with the former Middlesbrough man putting the ball on a plate for Albrighton to fire home from six yards out.

The goalscorer was then in the right place to calmly head off his own line after Rio Ferdinand’s driven effort, before substitute Macheda halved the deficit in the 81st minute with a superb finish into Friedel’s top corner after Darren Fletcher’s backheel.

Downing fired a rising shot fractionally over the bar before Nani’s dangerous inswinging cross found the diving Vidic at the far post to spark scenes of jubilation among the travelling United supporters.

Sir Alex Ferguson admits he is struggling to pick a team for the Manchester derby after confirming Owen Hargreaves is out for five weeks.

Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves started his first game in over two years on Saturday when he was surprisingly selected for the 2-1 win over Wolves.

However, the 29-year-old failed to last 10 minutes after suffering a hamstring injury and Ferguson admitted his gamble had back-fired.

The injury is at least not a recurrence of Hargreaves’ long-standing knee troubles and Ferguson expects the former Bayern Munich man to be out until next month.

Tension

“We were at the stage where we knew Owen’s knee was okay,” said Ferguson.

“His training performances for eight or nine days previously had been terrific. He had done really well, which is why we took the chance.

“But maybe the tension in the build-up for the lad was too much and he suffered because of it.”

Hargreaves’ absence merely adds to the selection problems facing Ferguson for Wednesday’s short trip to City after he was forced to pick an under-strength team for the scrappy win over Wolves.

Ferguson has confirmed veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs will not be fit, while Portuguese winger Nani is doubtful due to a groin injury.

Counting heads

“Ryan is out,” said the United boss. “Nani is doubtful.

“At this stage it doesn’t look as if he will make it. It is not a great position for us to be in. We are counting heads at the moment.”

The likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick sat out the Wolves game, while Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra played despite struggling with illness.

Ferguson, who had also been under the weather prior to the weekend, revealed that the squad had still to fully shake off the effects of a virus.

He added: “We’ve no idea at all (on a side). We’ve still got some players out with ‘flu and we’ve sent some players home.

“We’re not in a good position at the moment, but we have a strong squad. We just carry on.”