After a first season full of mistakes, David de Gea slowly seems to be establishing himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier league. During his first season, it appeared that Andres Lindegaard, who was expected to be a backup for de Gea, would establish himself as the unlikely first choice at United.
Back then, Sir Alex Ferguson was unsure about the trustworthiness of de Gea. This led to Lindegaard making several appearances in the first-team and he did not let Ferguson down. He was one of the reasons for United lifting the last title.
Since then, however, de Gea appears to have settled extremely well in English football and has been producing impeccable performances. Even during United’s troubled campaign this time around, the Spaniard has been one of their best players. This is expected to reap rich rewards for the 22-year-old, who will be called up for the Spanish national team for the World Cup 2014. Amidst all the talk surrounding de Gea, the future of Lindegaard has been thrown into doubt after the goalkeeper admitted that he could leave the club in the summer in search of regular first-team football.
The 29-year-old refused to discuss his future – thus prompting more speculation – after keeping a clean sheet in the 4-0 win over Newcastle. It was his first appearance in almost a year.
“It was nice to get the opportunity to play for the first time in almost half of a year. It has been a long time between outings, you can do the maths yourself. I am like David and I would like to play in every match. I haven’t done that this season. But when that is said, I am happy to get the chance to play. You always want to play, but [my future] is not something I want to discuss with you now,” said Lindegaard.