Anders Lindegaard has revealed that signing for Manchester United is a dream come true after his dad brought him up as a fan of the club.

“It feels great to be here,” he said. “It’s a dream come true for me. I’ve been a Manchester United supporter since I was four years old. My father taught me that. So it’s the biggest dream of my life to be a United player.”

Lindegaard had heard about the rumours linking him to United for some time before the deal was finalised and it took him a while to believe they were actually true.

“As someone said to me, there’s rarely smoke without fire,” he explained. “So I guess I was aware that there was some kind of interest for a long time. But Manchester United is the biggest club in the world and they can pick whoever they want. They might have a list of hundreds or thousands of players. Then that list gets shorter. In the beginning it was a big thing in my head. There was a lot of speculation and that took a lot of energy to deal with. When I turned off the light at night and I was lying in my bed, I’d just stare at the ceiling and I couldn’t sleep. I was just thinking, thinking, thinking. But as time went on it calmed down and I learned to live with it. It was a bit hectic at first, but I didn’t know that it was as concrete as it was until quite late on in the whole thing. But I am very happy and thrilled to be here.”