Danish loss could mean English gain at Manchester United this summer

Ben Amos

If Anders Lindegaard decides to move on in the summer should Ben Amos get his shot at the number two slot?

Reports this weekend have seen a Manchester United goalkeeper being persistently linked with a move away from the club; but after the recent upturn in form from David de Gea it is not the Spaniard being linked with a venture away from Old Trafford.

Instead it is now Anders Lindegaard whose long term future with The Red Devils is being called into question. West Ham United are the latest club to be linked with his signature while Fulham are also reportedly keen on giving the Dane a more potent role at their club then is currently the case sitting on the Audi/Recaro seats at Old Trafford.

His international career may also rest on it. His coaches have made it clear that his lack of first-team football is a serious issue regarding his long-term future at international level and with Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City breathing down his neck it appears he needs a move to remain his nation’s number one choice.

So with Lindegaard potentially on his way out after losing the war with de Gea for the number one spot what should United do next season in regards to their second choice stopper?

Well there is the obvious route of action. Bring in an experienced stopper to be the cup competition number one and back-up to their current incumbent. I personally feel bringing in somebody like Mark Schwarzer would be an excellent decision from Sir Alex in order to give de Gea someone used to Premier League football to work with on a daily basis.

Then there is the other option. Give Ben Amos the chance to earn his spurs at the club.

The 23-year-old keeper has been restricted to just a handful of appearances for United during his 12 years with the club and most of his time has been spent out on loan with spells at Peterborough, Molde and Oldham.

This season he went to Hull City but with Steve Bruce preferring the idea of having David Stockdale between the sticks he quickly moved to let Amos return to United in January.

Since then he has spent his time going about his business behind closed doors with minimal opportunity for first team football but last summer he was given a brand new three-year-contract until 2015 so United obviously see something in the player.

It leaves United with a simple choice if and when Lindegaard decides to leave the club; bring in someone new or give Amos a shot.

Which would you do?

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