'Edwin van der Sar is the best in the world' - Anders Lindegaard hails Manchester United team-mate & feels win over Barcelona would be perfect send-off

Danish reserve goalkeeper lauds the retiring Dutchman and hopes he can bow out of the game with another Champions League medal, which would leave a "perfect legacy"
Manchester United's Anders Lindegaard believes victory in Saturday's Champion's League final against Barcelona will be the perfect tribute to retiring goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

The 40-year-old has already won Europe's elite competition twice in his career, with Ajax in 1995 and then with United in 2008's defeat of Chelsea, and is set for another final in what will be his last ever competitive game.

Speaking to reporters, Lindegaard said: "Edwin is the best in the world and the biggest at United from my point of view.

"He has been an ambassador for United and for football and is a great character and it has been a great privilege to get to know him as a person.

"He has done amazing since coming here and it would be a perfect way to say goodbye if he could do the same thing as the last time we won the Champions League.

"If he retires now he leaves the perfect legacy - it is really his choice to do that."

The Dane has made just two appearences for United this term, both coming in the FA Cup, while Sir Alex Ferguson's pursuit of Atletico Madrid shot-stopper David de Gea suggests that first team opportunities will continue to be limited for the 26-year-old.

However, Lindegaard, who arrived at Old Trafford in January, is happy to remain with the Red Devlis, and insists the focus should be on the departing Van der Sar and not the future for now.

He continued: "It has been one of the great attributes this club has had, having a good mixture of experience and youth and it is a dynamic process when people come and go.

"The central thing in this is to remember how great a player Edwin has been, he is an historical character for the club.

"People come and go and Ed will of course be missed in the dressing room as he is a great character, a good friend and goalkeeper."

Despite featuring on the bench for United in Sunday's 4-2 victory against Blackpool, Lindegaard has admitted he does not feel wholly part of the Premier League-winning side, but insists the experience can only serve to benefit his own career.

"I am still aware that it hasn't been my championship we have just won and I haven't been a big part of the Champions League yet," he added.

"But it is a very nice thing to be a part of the team and to see United doing well.

"It is about trying to suck experience out of everything I see."

The former Aalesund stopper watched Manchester United's most recent Champions League final appearance on television, in which they were defeated 2-0 in Rome by Saturday's opponents.

"You forget defeats pretty fast, I think you have to have that ability," he continued.

"I watched the 2009 final and as I remember everyone said Barcelona were much better and it was really deserved but I think we had our chances in that game as well.

"This is a new game and it will be a big shout to get it."

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