Peter Schmeichel: Anders Lindegaard is not a Manchester United No 1
By Ian Ladyman Last updated at 5:22 PM on 23rd November 2010
Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes the club's prospective new goalkeeper, Anders Lindegaard, is not ready for regular Barclays Premier League action.
United were last night on the verge of completing a £3.5million deal for 26-year-old Denmark star Lindegaard, who is expected in Manchester for a medical this weekend.
He has recently been playing for Aalesund in Norway and it is thought Lindegaard is being signed as a future No 1, rather than an immediate replacement for Edwin van der Sar.
Certainly Schmeichel thinks his countryman does not have the right calibre or experience.
Asked if Lindegaard had the necessary quality, Schmeichel said: 'No. We are talking about Manchester United here.
'You can look at talent, you can look at young, good players. You don't want that. You want someone who can go in straight away and give performances in 80 per cent of the games the No 1 keeper will play for Manchester United.
'Too many goalkeepers have been in and out of the doors. Now, for this team to win trophies, that position has to be someone who is of the very, very highest quality but also with the right experience.'
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Yes, but who is he?
So, Manchester United are replacing Edwin van der Sar with some guy nobody outside Scandinavia has heard of, right?
Wrong. Anders Lindegaard has won five caps for Denmark. And anyway, he is not expected to replace Van der Sar as soon as he arrives in January.
But he is hardly young at 26. He'd better improve quickly if he wants to be the next Peter Schmeichel.
Funny you should say that because Anders grew up as a United fan and Schmeichel was his hero. However, he is more like Van der Sar in his style and stature - 6ft 4in and gangly.
He played under Bruce Rioch at Odense before the arrival of former United keeper Roy Carroll forced him to move on. Since then he has been at Aalesund in Norway.
Blimey, is that it?
It's fair to say this guy has been under the radar for most of his career but keepers develop late. He is known in Denmark as commanding, brave and a bit crazy. Sounds a bit like his new manager.
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