Fergie's plan to keep De Gea and Lindegaard alert?

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Manchester United could be set to sign a relatively unknown goalkeeper to provide competition for David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard.

The Daily Mail has reported that Manchester United will sign Augsburg goalkeeper Dean Santangelo on a short term contract.

The theory behind signing the former Reading ‘keeper is a little confusing but apparently it’s to create a higher level of competition between David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard for the number one spot at Old Trafford.

There is still a lot of debate over who is the better goalkeeper with De Gea’s mistake against Tottenham at the weekend costing United three vital points in the title race.

Lindegaard is in and out of the side consistently, showing no real regularity in terms of being able to hold down the number one position.

If this is a deal that comes off, Santangelo will most likely sign until the end of the season before the situation is reassessed.

If there is something intentional behind this news on the part of Sir Alex Ferguson then it could be a clever piece of shrewd thinking by the United boss, aimed at solidifying a position in the side which has been vulnerable.

If Santangelo comes in, it will only cause further links and stories suggesting De Gea has a dozen different routes if he wants to try and force a move back to La Liga in Spain.

However, Ferguson has not publicly made any statement that he is looking to move De Gea on. He seems to be an investment on the part of United and they seem intent on guiding his development.

Why United need to pull off a move like this is a little odd because they could simply promote a talented young goalkeeper from one of the youth teams.

The sort of young goalkeeper who wouldn’t hesitate to walk all over De Gea and Lindegaard to make his point at Old Trafford and prove why he deserves a shot at the big time.

That would seem the more likely move and United’s involvement in the FA Cup means Ferguson could choose to go this way if he wanted to keep both of his regular goalkeepers on their toes.

If Santangelo does come in though, there will be more than just the two ‘keepers in the first team squad scratching their heads.

What do you make of this United fans?

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