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Lindegaard: De Gea and I are very good friends despite rivalry

by Sam Peoples

Anders Lindegaard and David de Gea might be in a constant battle for the goalkeeping spot in the first team but it hasn’t affected their friendship according to the big Dane.

Speaking to Red Voices, the official Manutd.com podcast, Lindegaard said: “Not at all. I can say, with hand on heart, not at all.

“I have a very good relationship with David de Gea. We are very good friends. I have a lot of respect for him and I feel he has a lot of respect for me too. Anders Lindegaard

“I would say it’s more the opposite. We support each other very much.”

Anders Lindegaard joined Manchester United in 2010 and despite the legendary Peter Schmeichel claiming he wasn’t good enough for us, he has shown a rapid progression.

Last season, he kept an impressive five clean sheets in a row before Manchester United lost 3-0 away to Newcastle United.

However, when David de Gea returned to the team, he turned the screw and was arguably the best goalkeeper in the second half of the season, keeping Anders Lindegaard firmly on the sidelines.

It isn’t often that you have two world class goalkeepers in a team but Anders Lindegaard thinks that it is only a good thing for both himself and de Gea.

He continued: “From the first day he came to the club, we have both been telling each other: ‘I think you can try to solve this situation in a different way’.

“I’m a bit older than him and he’s a bit more experienced than me in terms of playing games. So we can help each other in a lot of things. Anders Lindegaard

“I think the whole environment created for us by Eric Steele [goalkeeping coach] is very good. I’m sure it’s not an easy job to have two qualified keepers who both want to play as number one.

“Obviously, there can only be one so it’s not an easy job to keep us both happy, keep us both motivated and keep our character where we want to play for him and perform for him, as we want to perform for the manager.

“Eric is doing a fantastic job with that.”

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