Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

No second best for Lindegaard

Anders Lindegaard
Anders Lindegaard

Anders Lindegaard will not rock the Manchester United boat if he remains David de Gea's stand-in - but he has no intention of settling for second best either.

De Gea has already been promised the starting berth for Sunday's Old Trafford showdown with Chelsea, a recognition of the improvements he has made already after a shaky start to his United career.

There are some who felt Lindegaard was unlucky to be overlooked when the real games began though, given the Dane's impressive performances during pre-season. He said: "I don't feel I will always be second choice. I am never going to complain about competition. It is like that in all positions with United. That is how it should be."

He added: "The difference is there is only room for one goalkeeper in the team, unless the manager picks me as a forward, and somehow I can't see that.

"My opinion does not matter. I accept the manager's choice every time. He is the best manager in the world and I will always respect his decisions. But I am not here to just get my money. I want to be respected as a great football player."

It is not so much Lindegaard is accusing Ferguson of being wrong, more that he intends to prove it.

There are silver linings to being a United's back-up keeper. Being part of the set-up for some of the biggest games is one. When the Dane does play, he knows it will be in front of a huge crowd.

It could also be pointed out Ben Foster and Tomasz Kuszczak both played in - and won - Carling Cup finals, the former man scooping a man-of-the-match prize against Tottenham in 2009.

But, put this to Lindegaard and you are met by a steely stare and an unequivocal response.

"If you expect me to say I am happy to be number two that is not how it is," he said. "I am here because I want to be number one."

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