Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is said to be keen to offload backup goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard before the transfer window slams shut tonight, having already seen an approach for Dutch stopper Kenneth Vermeer fail in its early stages.
According to the Daily Mirror Van Gaal is unconvinced over Lindegaard’s claim for a place in his new-look United squad, and as such put him forward as part of a package to try and land Vermeer. However the Ajax No.1 has already agreed to join Eredivisie rivals Feyenoord, leaving United left to look elsewhere if they are intent on purchasing someone to compete with David de Gea.
Lindegaard at United
Though Van Gaal’s arrival was initially expected to give a host of outcasts a fresh chance to fight for their positions at United, Lindegaard has been firmly kept out in the cold by the new Red Devils manager, with De Gea having been retained as the unerring choice between the sticks.
The Spain international was named United’s Player of the Year at their end of season awards last term, and was one of the only positives during a drab campaign.
However to his Danish counterpart that will matter very little, and the 30-year-old is likely to be frustrated at the fact he’s only been afforded 19 Premier League opportunities in four season with the club. Lindegaard has long been considered the de-facto No.2, but even that title could slip from his grasp if Van Gaal gets his way.
As has been indicated perfectly by the reported capture of Monaco hitman Radamel Falcao, Van Gaal is unwilling to finish his business in the summer transfer window without acquiring the players that will turn his squad into challengers for major honours.
The additions of Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marco Rojo and the aforementioned Falcao have bolstered his attacking options, but the Dutch coach is keen to ensure De Gea is kept on his toes.
The defensive deficiencies of the United squad have been exposed in the early stages of Van Gaal’s maiden campaign at Old Trafford, and it’s keeping out the opposition which will rank amongst his highest priorities moving forward.
That being said only a few hours remain before any transfer plans will have to be put on hold until January, and so Van Gaal, and more specifically Ed Woodward, will have to work quickly if they are to alleviate concerns.