Manchester United’s new goalie, Anders Lindegaard, has revealed there is footage of him from a few years ago saying that he wanted to play for a club. Since signing, he has reiterated that he has been a United fan since he was a little lad, with posters of our players, including fellow Dane, Peter Schmeichel, on his bedroom wall.
He believes in moving to United he has not only fulfilled his life dream, he’s made the club who didn’t believe him in realise their mistake.
After working his way up through the ranks at Odense, he was first kept out of the team by Arek Onyszko, who now plays for Polonia Warszawa, a midtable club in Poland’s top division.
“I was sold for pennies to Aalesund because Odense made a mistake,” he said. “But you can find TV interviews from when I played in the First Division in Denmark as a 24-year-old where I am saying into the camera without blinking that I want to play in the Danish national team and I want to represent Manchester United. I honestly believed I had the ability to do it. I had never been tried on the highest level of Scandinavian football but I always believed it was possible. Sometimes it has been hard to see the clear path but deep inside myself I always believed in could happen.”
It was when Odense brought in keeper Roy Carroll, of all people, that Anders realised where he stood in pecking order and decided to leave.
“They could have found someone cheaper than Roy Carroll but he was brought in as one of the biggest names in Danish football and as one of the best- paid players,” he continued. “When they brought him in I put two and two together and realised I was not going to make my way there. I went to the directors’ office and asked them to sell me because I couldn’t see me succeeding at the club. Luckily, they accepted my wish and I was sold a week later to Aalesund. The rest of the story is like a football fairytale!”
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