Anders Lindegaard has every belief that David De Gea will establish himself as Manchester United's No.1 in the future, although the Danish goalkeeper is determined to keep the youngster out of the team for the time being.

De Gea signed for United from Atletico Madrid for £18 million last summer, but has struggled to make himself Sir Alex Ferguson's first-choice.

The 21-year-old has found himself overlooked for Lindegaard quite often of late, with the latter having started United's last three games.

Lindegaard, though, says De Gea will prove is worth in the future, although the 27-year-old is happy to make like difficult for the Spaniard at the moment.

“David has extraordinary attributes, he is extremely explosive and powerful,” Lindegaard said.

“He is only 21, but his potential is massive and there is no doubt he will be United’s best goalkeeper at some point.

"My job is to make sure it is not until I have retired, which is about 10 years away!

“Of course, everyone wants to play as much as possible and I’m no different, so I don’t need a definition of my position [as first-choice].”

The two goalkeepers also enjoy a good working relationship, Lindgaard confirmed, and their friendly competitiveness can only be a benefit for United.

“I am doing everything I can to help him,” he added. “I enjoy working with him.

“He is happy, intelligent, always with a good attitude and we have to push each other.

"We have to see the glass half full, not half empty, and we have to push each other in the right direction."

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