Anders Lindegaard believes Manchester United are a “different club” in comparison to his time at Old Trafford.
The Dane made 19 appearances for Man United during his five year spell at the club, leaving for West Bromwich Albion in 2015.
Sir Alex Ferguson brought him to the club as a potential successor of Edwin van der Sar, but the keeper failed to make the cut as David de Gea quickly announced himself as United’s No.1.
Commenting on Paul Pogba’s world record move to Old Trafford, the 32-year-old noted how the transfer acts as a symbol of United’s immense evolution in the past few years.
“United are a different club to when I was there,” he said.
“It’s run in a different way and built on different values. Unfortunately this is just a natural development with how football is going and it doesn’t change my feelings for them.
“Everything is about money and I know United have spent a lot of money over the past decades, which is a big part of why they’re so successful, but it’s just getting more and more extreme. You can’t prevent it so I guess you just have to embrace it and do as well as you can in that environment.”
Nobody can deny that a monumental identity revolution has occurred at Old Trafford in recent times. The dovetailing of Sir Alex’s retirement, unsuccessful managerial appointments and football in general morphing into a money fuelled, digital sphere has led to United looking like an almost different club altogether.
Then again, this could also be said of the wider football community. As social media, sponsorship deals and advertising creep into the foreground of the beautiful game, something precious is inevitably lost, and this is perhaps seen most evidently at United – the frontrunners for commercial enterprise in sport.