Louis van Gaal has hinted that third-choice goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard does not have a future at Manchester United.
Lindegaard loses his place as the Red Devils’ second-choice ‘keeper following the arrival of Victor Valdes, who signed an 18-month contract with the Premier League giants on Thursday, and Van Gaal revealed in his pre-match press conference on Friday what sparked his decision to sign the former Barcelona star.
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The Dutch coach, when asked about the future of Lindegaard, responded: “I think that he [Victor Valdes] fits more in the profile that I have of a goalkeeper and that’s it.”.
Newcastle United interest
In 18 words it seems Van Gaal has effectively ended Lindegaard’s Manchester United career. The 30-year-old could leave Old Trafford as early as this month, although it’s unclear where his next destination might be.
However, Newcastle United are reportedly interested in the Denmark international, who has made 29 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions after joining the club from Aalesund in 2010.
Lindegaard posted a cryptic message on Instagram earlier today, showing himself training alongside his teammates with the message: “Training today #mufc #manchesterunited #workhard #silenceisbetterthanbulls**t”.
Van Gaal not a fan
This may have been a defiant message to the media following recent speculation, but it seems Van Gaal is planning to offload the 6ft 4in shot-stopper at the first available opportunity.
Lindegaard has not played a single minute of first-team football under Van Gaal and, in all likelihood, has played his final match for Manchester United.
Valdes will now challenge De Gea for the number one jersey at Old Trafford and is expected to make his Manchester United debut later this month, when the Red Devils travel to League Two outfit Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round.
De Gea's rise
Lindegaard briefly challenged De Gea for the title of Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper when the Spaniard was going through a difficult period on the pitch under Sir Alex Ferguson.
But De Gea has gone on to blossom into one of the world’s best goalkeepers - and, as a result, Manchester United’s undisputed No. 1.
There’s a chance De Gea could leave Manchester United this summer - Real Madrid are keen to sign the 24-year-old - but Lindegaard will depart Old Trafford a lot sooner if Van Gaal gets his way.