Anders Lindegaard is determined as ever to succeed at Manchester United and plans to challenge David De Gea all the way for the club’s No 1 spot.
The 28-year-old Dane has endured an incredibly frustrating 6 months, picking up a chronic ankle injury in January that forced him out of the United line up, which he describes as “one of the worst things” to happen to any player.
“If you look at it objectively, it was maybe one of the worst situations a football player has ever been in,” the confident keeper said in an interview with The Sun.
“I had worked for that spot since I was four. From the first time I touched the ball, that is what I dreamed of.”
Sir Alex Ferguson awarded Lindegaard his chance in goal following a couple of high profile errors from his team mate David De Gea. Lindegaard confidently took them, having an excellent run of seven games where he oozed poise and self-assurance, epitomized in a resolute display in vital win over Arsenal.
A routine training ground injury allowed De Gea back into the fray, and the Spain U21 goalkeeper challenged his relentless critics with a series of stunning displays.
Now Lindegaard is faced with the prospect of dislodging the 21-year-old Spaniard once again, but he is more determined than ever to prove why he decided to join Manchester United in the first place.
“I want the No1 spot because I am the best,” Lindegaard continued. “I don’t want it because he (De Gea) is injured or he is not there.”
Due to David de Gea’s inclusion in Spain’s Olympic team, Lindegaard will be given the opportunity to claim that coveted spot soon.