Cluj v Man United: Lindegaard eyes ‘no-nonsense’ European campaign

Cluj v Man United: Anders Lindegaard says the Red Devils are taking a "no-nonsense" approach to the Champions League

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Sir Alex Ferguson has led Man United to the Champions League crown twice Photo: The Sport Review

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Anders Lindegaard has revealed Manchester United want a “no-nonsense” Champions League campaign ahead of their second group-stage fixture against CFR Cluj in Romania on Tuesday.

The Red Devils have made an unconvincing start to the season, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side losing to Everton and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, while they were unconvincing 1-0 winners against Galatasaray in their opening European tie.

Lindegaard was part of United’s squad which failed to reach the last-16 of the Champions League last term, and the Denmark goalkeeper vowed the same mistakes would not be repeated this season.

“We want to get through the group. We need it to be a no-nonsense campaign for us this time – we cannot afford to make the same mistakes as we did last season,” he told United’s website.

“The Champions League is always a very special competition to be involved in. Hearing the music before the game and the whole atmosphere around the matches is something special every time.

“Tuesday’s game is another important one for us, but we look at every match as being important.

He added: “As I have said before, the amazing thing about being at United is there no difference between, say, playing Crawley at home in the FA Cup or Liverpool away in the league.

“We take the same approach every time and that is to work in the professional manner that has made the club into what it is today.

“We played in Romania last season and we hope for a similar result there on Tuesday. We have to go out there and win again.”

Cluj v Man United: Pre-match facts

• United’s only away success in last term’s Champions League came on Romanian soil, 2-0 at Oţelul Galaţi through two Wayne Rooney penalties. They ended the night with ten men after Nemanja Vidić’s dismissal.

• United’s only other trip to Romania was for the aforementioned Champions League third qualifying round tie against Andone’s Dinamo Bucureşti in 2004/05. Ryan Giggs scored United’s opening goal in a 2-1 first-leg win at Bucharest’s old Lia Manoliu Stadium – the site of the new National Arena.

• Cluj coach Andone has only victory over English opposition came against Everton FC in the 2005-06 Uefa Cup first round, his Dinamo team winning the first leg 5-1 in Bucharest to set up a 5-2 overall triumph.

• Ferguson visited Romania with Aberdeen in the 1981-82 Uefa Cup second round, earning a 2-2 draw – and a 5-2 aggregate win – against the club now called FC Argeş Piteşti.

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