Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is losing patience in playing second fiddle to David De Gea and will seek a move away from Old Trafford according to the Mirror. The Dane accepts that De Gea is manager Alex Ferguson’s first choice keeper and agrees the Spaniard is in fine form.
De Gea hasn’t conceded a goal in the Premier League for 537 minutes. Lindegaard said of his rival, “I always say that clean sheets for a goalkeeper are like what goals are for a striker – it builds up your confidence.”
Injury ended Lindegaard’s hopes at United
It could have been so different for Lindegaard as for much of last season he was winning the battle for the United number one jersey. He was Ferguson’s preferred choice up til January last year but an injury kept him out for the rest of the campaign.
De Gea has now found his form after an early struggle in the Premier League and has established himself as the club’s number one.
Lindegaard says he has enjoyed his time at Old Trafford but feels the time is right for him to move on to progress his career, “My pride on joining United was massive. United has been a lifelong dream for me, since I was a small boy. Of course, everybody wants to play and I’m not different from anyone else.”
De Gea happy to stay for now
De Gea on the other hand is happy to pledge his future to the Old Trafford club having now settled into the first team. The Sun reports that Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are considering moves for the goalkeeper in summer.
Both sides have had difficulties with the goalkeeper position this season. Usual stalwarts Victor Valdes and Iker Casillas have both had spells out of their respective first teams for one reason or another.
With De Gea expected to be Spain’s international goalkeeper of the future it is a game of one upmanship between the Spanish rivals to have him at their club.
But De Gea insists he is happy in Manchester for now, though does hint he one day plans to return to Madrid, his home town, “At Barca, Valdes is still the keeper and Madrid is my city, one day I’d like to return. But now I hope to stay in Manchester for a long time and win a lot of titles.”