The Danish goalkeeper Andreas Lindegaard has said that he does not want to be a substitute at Manchester United this season. Despite not being expected to become a first team regular at Manchester United, Andreas Lindegaard forced his way into the first-team action in the middle of the last campaign due to the irregular form of the Spaniard David de Gea.
However, his injury in the middle of the campaign forced him to miss the rest of the season. The 28-year-old, thus, lost his place once again to the Spaniard. Now, fit and ready for the new season, the Dane has said that he does not want to spend his time at Manchester United on the bench.
The 28-year-old is currently on the pre-season tour with Manchester United in Asia. Due to the shaky start of the Spaniard, Andreas Lindegaard was rewarded with numerous first-team appearances by manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Lindegaard proved his value by keeping five clean sheets. Despite costing only £ 3.5 million compared to the £ 18 million spent for David de Gea, Lindegaard has proved to be a goalkeeper worthy of being in goal for a club like Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he expects Lindegaard to give strong competition to De Gea.
‘I believe I can become No.1 because if I don’t believe it then no-one else can believe in it. I will never be at United just to sit on my money. I want to deserve the money I earn, and I want to deserve it by playing. I never saw myself as a straight No.2. I think I have more respect now compared to 12 months ago. I feel the respect and I feel as though I’ve proved myself,” said Lindegaard while on the pre-season tour with Manchester United.