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Anders Lindegaard has admitted he is still getting used to the sheer size of Manchester United.

The Denmark keeper arrived at Old Trafford in the middle of last season, after previous spells with Odense and Norwegian outfit Aalesunds, but nothing the 27-year-old encountered at either of those two clubs prepared him for his first United tour.

The Red Devils are currently preparing to face the MLS All-Stars in New Jersey, and Lindegaard has been astonished at the reception United have received so far in the United States, saying: "It takes your breath away."

He added: "We have had a couple of training sessions over here and there were more spectators there than I experienced during matches in my time in Denmark and Norway. And this is supposed to be a country that doesn't like football. It is amazing.

"When you come somewhere like this, you really see how massive Manchester United is."

Not that Lindegaard believes there is anything he could have done to prepare himself for the enormity of such a move.

"I don't think you can," he said. "It's very difficult to prepare yourself for a move from a small club to a club like Manchester United. It is something that is just going to happen and I am glad to say it has been going really well."

Summer signing David De Gea is clearly the favourite to replace Edwin van der Sar and the man Sir Alex Ferguson expects to be choosing for Community Shield clash with "noisy neighbours" Manchester City at Wembley on August 7.

However, Lindegaard is not willing to give up quite so easily, and said: "It is not about making the choice difficult for Sir Alex.

"For me, it's about being number one. That is what it's all about - playing. I enjoy competing and, so far, I feel very good."

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