Size matters for Lindegaard as he prepares to challenge de Gea for No 1 spot at Man United

27 July 2011 04:39
Anders Lindegaard has admitted he is still getting used to the sheer size of Manchester United.

The Denmark keeper arrived at Old Trafford in the middle of last season, after previous spells with Odense and Norwegian outfit Aalesunds.

But nothing the 27-year-old encountered at either of those two clubs prepared him for his first United tour.

The Red Devils are currently preparing to face the MLS All-Stars in New Jersey today, part of a five-game trip in which Lindegaard has already been granted two outings, against the New England Revolution and the Seattle Sounders.

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And Lindegaard has been astonished at the reception United have received.

'It takes your breath away,' he said.

'We have had a couple of training sessions over here and there were more spectators there than I experienced during matches in my time in Denmark and Norway. And this is supposed to be a country that doesn't like football. It is amazing.

'When you come somewhere like this, you really see how massive Manchester United is.'

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Not that Lindegaard believes there is anything he could have done to prepare himself for the enormity of such a move.

'I don't think you can,' he said.

'It's very difficult to prepare yourself for a move from a small club to a club like Manchester United.

'It is something that is just going to happen and I am glad to say it has been going really well.'

Lindegaard has fully recovered from the knee operation that sidelined him in March and meant that he could not contest for a place on the bench with Tomasz Kuszczak for the Champions League final.

However, with Kuszczak destined for pastures new and Edwin van der Sar retired, it now seems like a straight battle between Lindegaard and David de Gea for the number one slot.

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De Gea is clearly the favourite and the man Sir Alex Ferguson expects to be choosing for Community Shield clash with 'noisy neighbours' Manchester City at Wembley on August 7.

However, Lindegaard is not willing to give up quite so easily.

'It is not about making the choice difficult for Sir Alex,' he said.

'For me, it's about being number one. That is what it's all about - playing. I enjoy competing and, so far, I feel very good.

'There is big competition in all the spots but, so far, I'm very satisfied with my own performances.

'I think I've played very well so I believe in my chance. If I didn't believe in my chance, how could I expect other people to?

'I'm not scared at all. I am very proud of representing Manchester United.

'It is the biggest dream in my career come true.'

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