Anders Lindegaard denies missing El Clasico showdown

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Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has taken to Twitter to deny accusations that he was the only player not to join a team gathering to watch El Clasico on Saturday night.

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal confirmed earlier this week that he was surprised to see his players gathered round a TV to watch Real Madrid claim a 3-1 win over Barcelona at the Bernabeu - and the Dutchman also revealed that only one player of his match-day squad opted against watching the game.

"We went to the Lowry, we had a screen so I could watch the second half and 17 players of 18 were there,' Van Gaal explained. 'I have never experienced that before. We have a lot of Spaniards! I won’t tell you which one wasn’t there."

Reports yesterday claimed that it was in fact Lindergaard who was the odd man out, with the Daily Mail claiming that while attendance wasn't compulsory his absence had been 'noted' by Manchester United staff.

Now the 30-year-old, who was an unused substitute for Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday, has defended himself on Twitter, and denied that he was the only one to miss out, using the hashtag 'fiction' along with a screenshot of the article in question.

Lindegaard's future at Manchester United appears to be in doubt as rumours continue to suggest that Victor Valdes could join the club soon. The former Barcelona ace is a free agent and has been training with the Red Devils as he continues his rehabilitation from serious injury.

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It's been suggested that there will be a contract waiting for him when he proves his fitness - although elsewhere it's been suggested that he's not keen on a move to Old Trafford to be number two behind David de Gea.

Liverpool have previously been linked with the 32-year-old, although their interest appears to have passed.

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