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Anders Lindegaard: I’m just happy to play whenever I can

by Sam Peoples

Anders Lindegaard and David de Gea have started this season like they did the last with Sir Alex Ferguson often rotating both goalkeepers.

While Sir Alex’s rotational policy has been one of our greatest strengths over the years, I can’t see the benefit in chopping and changing the man between the sticks and Anders Lindegaard admitted he didn’t know who was going to play against Galatasaray on Wednesday.

Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “Whether I am playing [against Galatsaray] or not is still a very open question.

“I am happy to play. It is amazing to play in front of this crowd [at home]. It is so historical so I’m just happy to play whenever I can.” Anders Lindegaard

“I don’t look at it the same way as everyone else. Every time you play for United, every time is an exam. It doesn’t matter whether it is Champions League, Premier League or a training match. That is how it is.

“At this point I see David’s and my roles as co-workers rather than No1 and No2. He has his strengths and I have mine and the gaffer is world-class at picking the right teams and I trust in that and I accept his decision.

Both Anders Lindegaard and David de Gea are world class goalkeepers and whilst the competition for places no doubt keeps both men on their toes, it must be difficult for either to establish a real working relationship with the defence in front of them.

The best goalkeepers over the years are the most stable. Casillas, Buffon, Schmeichel, Kahn et al. They are the first name on the team sheet.

This must be Sir Alex Ferguson‘s way of teaching David de Gea that mistakes are simply forbidden.

Against Wigan, Anders Lindegaard didn’t have much to do as Manchester United romped to a 4-0 victory but it was our first clean sheet of the season, so he may well get the nod for Galatasaray on Wednesday and get his third game on the trot.

Speaking about the Wigan game, he said: “It is the first match of the season where we have really shown the potential we have in the team.

“It is the first match where we can be really satisfied with what we have delivered.”

Despite the difficulties of choosing who to play in goal, we have done remarkably well in the immediate aftermath of Edwin van der Sar retiring. We haven’t replaced his presence and ability just yet, but the signs are there for seasons to come.

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