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Following an eye-catching display by some of the Red Devils' second-string defenders in midweek, the Dane has been quick to heap praise upon the inexperienced squad members

Anders Lindegaard has hailed Manchester United's young defenders after a fine outing in midweek against Newcastle United.

The 28-year-old has been preferred to David de Gea in recent weeks, and the Dane is thankful he can rely on those in front of him to help do a good job, irrespective of their first-team standing.

Central defenders Michael Keane and Scott Wootton gained praise from Sir Alex Ferguson for their mature performances against the Magpies in the League Cup, and Lindegaard has agreed with the manager.
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"We have some very good young defenders – I’m a big fan of Scotty [Wootton]," Lindegaard told United's official website.

"I’ve played a lot of games with him and he has a real calmness to his game and is a no-nonsense player.

"The most important thing for the young lads to do when they come into the side is to enjoy it. The pressure and attention on everything you do is enormous, but you have to put that aside and focus on what matters and that is right here, right now.

"Playing in your first few games for United are moments you’ll look back on for the rest of your life, it’s a special kind of feeling and you have to enjoy every second."

With Nemanja Vidic joining Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on the sidelines through injury, Lindegaard has claimed he would not be surprised to see the youngsters involved even more as the season goes on.

"We’ve been very unlucky with injuries in the last year and a half," he added. "But it shows how big the squad is and how much quality there is for every position that things have gone well so far this season [in terms of results]."

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