Money is not everything. Anders Lindegaard has told Sir Alex Ferguson he is ready to give him a real selection headache over who is first-choice goalkeeper at Manchester United.
Following Edwin van der Sar’s retirement, Ferguson has installed 20 million pounds signing David de Gea as his No.1 . However, the Spaniard has not always convinced, while Lindegaard’s for in his first start of the season against Benfica on Wednesday suggested United have genuine competition for the goalkeeper position.
But de Gea remains the first pick for Ferguson on Sunday against Chelsea. Lindegaard, though respectful of that decision, has made it clear he is not happy to settle for the role of understudy:
“I don’t feel I will always be the second choice. I’m never going to complain about competition. That is how it should be. There is room for only one goalkeeper. I accept the manager’s choice every time. ”
The Dane continued: “I am not here just to get my money. I want to be respected as a great football player. If you expect me to say I am happy to be No. 2, that is not how it is. I want to be number one.”
Like in any sport, a little competition won’t do any harm. It could only be a motivational factor for the two players to play every time at their max.