Manchester United’s Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard still remains confident that he will establish himself as number one and considers his career so far at United a successful one.
28-year-old Lindegaard joined United from Aalesunds in 2010 and has had a couple of sustained runs in the team. Over the winter period of last season, the Dane appeared to have established himself as first-choice before an ankle injury put an end to his season.
The former Aalesunds man believes he can establish himself as number one, though.
“I certainly feel that my time here has been a success,” he told Jyllands-Posten. “I joined as a small fish in a big pond and you have to be very strong not to get lost in that environment.
“I’ve had spells where I’ve been first-choice goalkeeper, which far exceeded my expectations but that does not mean I am satisfied. Personally, I feel that I still haven’t achieved my dream at United.
“I want to be a regular in the team, playing every time and delivering in the big games. That’s my objective, and I’ve only partially fulfilled that.”
Goalkeeper rotation was prominent during the opening months of the season with Sir Alex Ferguson opting to alternate between goalkeepers. By November though, Ferguson had stated that rotation didn’t ‘create consistency’ as the Scot sought to curtail the defensive problems of the team.
Lindegaard has featured on just the one occasion since a below-par display in a 4-3 victory over Reading, between the sticks in the 1-0 home victory against West Ham in the FA Cup.
With David De Gea playing the lions share of games of late, and earning widespread acclaim for his performance against Real Madrid in mid-week, chances for Lindegaard appear slimmer than ever with him not even making the bench for the last few league games.
The 28-year-olds confidence is impressive and the ambition he is showing is commendable. However, does seem unlikely that Lindegaard will ever become first choice of the club. While he will always be a good and reliable number two, it is perhaps questionable whether he has the ability to usurp De Gea with the young Spaniard in excellent form of late and improving with every game.
With the business end of the season now upon us, opportunities for the Dane are likely to become even more infrequent with De Gea firmly established as first-choice and the preferred option in both the league and Champions League.