The last two seasons has seen Sir Alex Ferguson occasionally alternating the number one goalkeeper duties between young Spaniard David de Gea and Danish international Anders Lindegaard. Up until recently it seemed this process was full-proof but now one of the pair has claimed the position all for his own.
After his heroics at the Santiago Bernabeu it seems that David De Gea is now the undisputed number one stopper for United and it leaves Anders Lindegaard sitting on the bench twiddling his thumbs.
While being part of a squad like Manchester United’s is an obvious honour and not something to be taken lightly one thing that is perhaps a greater honour is playing for your country; an honour Lindegaard understands having featured five times for De Rod-Hvide.
He has long been an understudy at international level to Premier League stalwart Thomas Sorensen but with the Stoke City stoppers advancing age and subsequent lack of match practice he has lost his place in the national team.
Then there was former Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Stephan Andersen. He had a good season last year for Evian Thonon in France and was expected to become the number one this year. However he has also lost his first-team place to Bertrand Laquait this season.
So it has seemingly worked out fine for Lindegaard although there are those in the Danish set-up who think differently. The national teams assistant-manager Peter Bonde has spoken of the issue before:
"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"
With that in mind Denmark may have to look elsewhere; and if they look in the Championship they might just like what they see.
Kasper Schmeichel is of course the son of United legend Peter and was Leicester City’s player of the season last campaign. He has continued that form this season and was even reportedly courted by Real Madrid in January.
The 26-year-old is now on the cusp of overtaking Lindegaard as his country's number one stopper and such a development could leave Lindegaard with no choice but to leave.
Lindegaard spoke of his ‘dream’ of becoming the number one at United a couple of weeks ago. But in pursuit of that dream he may lose his place at the top of his country's goalkeeping options.
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