Anders Lindegaard has had a frustrating time at Manchester United if you simply emphasise the fact he has spent the majority of his time playing second fiddle to current incumbent David De Gea.
He had a brief spell as the number one custodian when fears continued over De Gea upon his original and rather dodgy beginnings at Old Trafford.
But ever since that explosive performance from De Gea in the Bernabeu in last season’s Champions League the stopper has been considered the undisputed starter at the club - leaving the Dane watching from the side-lines as the young Spaniard was named the best goalkeeper in the Premier League by the PFA last season.
But he did feature in what would prove to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever game as Manchester United manager - a 5-5 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
And it really wasn’t Lindegaard’s best performance in a United jersey - as he looked out of practice and lacking sharpness for the fixture.
He played his first game for United since that draw in the Capital One Cup tie with Norwich City in midweek, where he kept a clean sheet in a 4-0 triumph over The Canaries.
But he knows, as well as we do, that come this weekend’s game with Fulham he is going to be warming the bench once again.
It must be tough being second choice ‘keeper at this level, watching on when you know a slight dip in the calibre of team you play with would likely result in more regular first-team action.
Some mope, some moan, some mither - but bot Anders Lindegaard.
In his weekly blog post with Denmark’s Betfair website he had this to say about spending time on the bench, and I think it truly sums up his patient and professional character:
‘’Runs [in the first team] do not grow on trees these days, so it's only about one thing when it finally happens. Enjoy it to the full. There is simply nothing better than to come up on stage at Old Trafford with Manchester United on the chest and getting ready for battle.’’
Now that is the perfect attitude, which should be music to the ears of Manchester United fans.
What do you make of Lindegaard’s comments?
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