Former Manchester United keeper Mark Bosnich admits Sir Alex Ferguson will have a selection headache after the emergence of Anders Lindegaard in midweek.
The Danish stopper impressed in a 1-1 draw against Benfica at the Estadio da Luz, with the performance coming after a handful of shaky appearances from £18 million summer signing David de Gea.
Ferguson rubbished questions over who holds the No.1 position at Old Trafford following the Champions League tie in Portugal, but Bosnich believes the Manchester United chief will secretly be happy at the raised level of competition for places.
“Sir Alex will like that Anders Lindegaard is demanding to play,” the former Australian international keeper told talkSPORT.
“That will provide competition for places. The one thing that he’ll [Lindegaard] have to remember is that Manchester United have spent £18million on De Gea, that makes it different.
“He played outstandingly against Benfica, pulling off some really great saves. There’s nothing wrong with him [Lindegaard] saying he wants to be the Manchester United number one.
"As a manager there’s nothing better than having competition for places.”
Bosnich spent two seasons at Old Trafford, joining Manchester United from Aston Villa in 1999 before leaving the club for Chelsea in 2001.
He made 23 Barclays Premier League appearances during his time with the Red Devils, helping the club to a league title and a World Club championship trophy during his brief Manchester United career.