Manchester United’s Lindegaard ‘can challenge De Gea for No1 spot’
Manchester United's goalkeeping coach Eric Steele believes Anders Lindegaard has a chance to steal David De Gea's No1 spot
Anders Lindegaard has a chance to become Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-choice between the posts at Manchester United, according to the club’s goalkeeping coach.
David De Gea has been representing Spain at the London Olympics, giving Lindegaard an opportunity to impress Ferguson in pre-season after the Denmark shot-stopper suffered ankle ligament damage in January and missed the remainder of the season.
Red Devils coach Eric Steele revealed there is a healthy rivalry between De Gea and Lindegaard – and he believes the Dane could benefit from participating in United’s pre-season campaign.
“The manager has got a lovely decision with Anders back, albeit with a totally disjointed pre-season, and he’s got David coming back off the Olympics at whatever stage, and there is healthy competition which is what every manager wants,” Steele told United’s website.
“I think Anders has got every chance to do so [start the season as first choice]. We brought him back early, as David did on 28 June when he did two days’ physical and sports conditioning and then a full week with me before he joined up with the Spanish squad. We made sure he went into there with some form of base.
“David missed pre-season last year, misses it this year and will miss it next year because it’s the European Under-21 Championship again. With the value of pre-season, he’s missed two and that does throw the gauntlet down to Anders.”
Ferguson signed Lindegaard from Norwegian outfit Aalesund in January 2011 for a reported £3.5m fee, while De Gea moved from Atletico Madrid to Old Trafford in a £17m deal last summer.