The Manchester United keeper was reportedly missing with the flu for the fixture with Liverpool on Sunday. But could there be more to it?
Manchester United won out in arguably their biggest fixture of the season with Liverpool this weekend. Goals from Robin Van Persie and Nemanja Vidic helped them on their way and all-in-all it was a magnificently efficient display from the ‘champions elect’.
However was there an interesting sub-story developing in the midst of it all?
To preface the rest of this text it must be made clear that this is mere speculation coming from the imagination of somebody who has seen many a transfer emerge in such ways and based on recent facts.
According to official reports Anders Lindegaard was absent from the fixture with ‘flu’. It meant young stopper Ben Amos was on the bench in his place as understudy to David De Gea. The Spaniard has now started eight games on the bounce and appears to have won the latest battle for the number one jersey ahead of his Danish rival.
Such developments have not been received well in Denmark. The countries assistant coach Peter Bonde commented on the issue earlier in the month:
"He is in a competitive situation, so I do not know if it's surprising. I think it is more surprising that manager Alex Ferguson has rotated as much as he did. Now it unfortunately appears that Ferguson has chosen De Gea. It is unfortunate for us"
Lindegaard has been earmarked as the future number one stopper for his country since catching the eye at Norwegian outfit Aalesund but faces stiff competition from the likes of former Charlton keeper Stephan Andersen and Leicester City goalie Kasper Schmeichel.
But his current inactivity seems to be costing him the right to be bear the ‘1’ jersey.
The other curious indication revolves around Ben Amos’s recall from Hull City last Monday. Re-calling him to replace Lindegaard on the bench seems a strange decision as Sam Johnstone is perfectly capable of performing the same function. Leaving Hull City with only Swiss keeper Eldin Jakupovic for their tie with Sheffield Wednesday certainly left former United player and current boss at the KC, Steve Bruce, up the proverbial creek. If anybody saw Jakupovic’s performance they will know just what I mean. Although perhaps this revelation should be taken with a pinch of salt as well; despite Bruce saying Amos was simply being rested he had fallen down the pecking order on Humberside; not playing for The Tigers since mid-November.
While he may have been recalled to replace the Dane due to his illness suffering that has to be one hell of a flu if he has not yet recovered after a week.
If you put two and two together there may be a case to say that Lindegaard is potentially on the verge of an Old Trafford exit.
Or my imagination has finally caught up with me; in which case get well soon Anders.
Could Anders Lindegaard be about to depart Manchester United?
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