Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is set to leave Old Trafford following talks held with Louis van Gaal, according to reports.
The latest from Danish daily newspaper Ekstra Bladet is that the stopper isn’t in Van Gaal’s plans in any capacity, and that he has been told as much after seeking assurances over his long-term future in Manchester.
Lindegaard at United
Lindegaard has acted as a backup to David de Gea for the better part of four seasons now, but has never really threatened the Spaniard’s position as number one during that time.
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Following the arrival of Victor Valdes in January he’s slipped further down the pecking order, and Sergio Romero’s introduction to the fold sees him relegated to third-choice as it stands.
On top of that though Van Gaal is believed to favour Sam Johnstone, and even if Valdes leaves there will still be three players blocking Lindegaard’s route to first-team football.
Van Gaal's options
For in an ideal scenario De Gea would stay at Old Trafford this summer, despite the strong links he has with Real Madrid, meaning he could continue in his role as number one, with Romero acting as a reserve and Johnstone serving as number three where necessary.
Unsurprisingly that makes Lindegaard want to move clubs, with Ekstra Bladet stating that United will allow him to leave for free despite the fact his contract doesn’t run out until September.
At 31 he’d offer an experienced option for plenty of clubs in Europe, even if his record of actually playing games isn’t half as good as he might like.
After all, having been with United for five seasons he’s shared a dressing room with a number of world-class players, and the Red Devils trusted him enough to have him as their number one if and when De Gea wasn’t available.
Who is the number one?
What United fans will likely be most interested in now is who is serving in between the sticks for them come the start of the new season.
It’s likely that Real Madrid remain keen on striking a deal for De Gea if possible, and Valdes’ public falling out with Van Gaal makes the idea of him competing for a first-team place wholly unfeasible.
Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen also continues to be linked with United, if only tentatively now that they’ve signed Romero, and he could yet be purchased if both De Gea and Valdes leave.
United fans, who do you think will start in goal for you come the opening day of the Premier League season on August 8? Let us know in the comments box below.