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Could Lindegaard Start The Season As United’s #1?

With a little over a month left in the summer transfer window, it’s still uncertain whether or not we’ll see ‘Manchester United have signed [insert desired target here]’ at least one more time before the window shuts. Given what David Gill said earlier this week, the chances are more in favor of it occurring than some feel, but that’s something we won’t find out for certain until after United have returned to English soil. So, for the moment, there’s only so much that can be said, speculated, and guestimated about who, if/when, and why/why not.

As for the players currently in the side, quite a few have made noteworthy contributions to the 100% mark that United have heading into the final match of this summer’s five-match U.S. tour, tomorrow night’s highly-anticipated clash with Barcelona.

In case it was hard to keep up, United scored 18 goals in the four wins over New England, Seattle, Chicago, and the David Beckham-led MLS All-Stars. 11 different scorers have accounted for that impressive haul, led by a quartet from Wayne Rooney, who’s in line for a fantastic season if his preseason form is anything to go by. Also in that bunch of scorers are Federico Macheda, Gabriel Obertan and Danny Welbeck, both of whom have made positive impressions in their quest to prove themselves worthy of more regular first-team opportunities this season.

It’s safe to say that we won’t have to worry about where the goals will come from, although it wouldn’t hurt to add someone who can only further United’s potency and productivity in attack (like a certain set-piece savvy Dutchman, for example).

But one area where there is still somewhat of a question mark, and from the looks of it, a definite position battle for at least the short term, is at keeper.

David de Gea has been brought in to be United’s #1 of the future, and he might make that spot his sooner rather than later, especially if he produces a quality performance against Barcelona, a team the former Atletico Madrid man knows a thing or two about.

However, Anders Lindegaard is doing his best to state a claim to starting out the Premier League season as United’s #1, and Fergie handing the reins to the former Aalesund shot-stopper, even for only a few starts, could be a sound move.


One thing that certainly works in Lindegaard’s favor is that he has quite the head start on De Gea.

United swooped for Lindegaard late last November, and although he didn’t officially become a United player until January, he came in December and was able to train with his new teammates, thereby getting a jump on acclimating himself and making a positive impression even before he could officially suit up for the club.

He was able to log FA Cup stars against Southampton and Crawley Town, and he might have been able to log a few more appearances as well, but a knee injury and subsequent surgery caused him to lose some valuable developmental time. But he’s overcome that minor injury setback to, at the very least, cement himself as the #2, all but ensuring that former backup Tomasz Kuszczak will leave the club sometime before the end of next month.

Preseason Performances

With De Gea not joining up with the squad until Seattle and being eased into action after a busy June with Spain’s title-winning U-21 team, Lindegaard was given the start against New England, Seattle, and the MLS All-Stars.

Lindegaard played the full 90 minutes only in the 4-1 win over New England, with Ben Amos replacing him at halftime in his other two starts, but he has made the most of his time on the pitch. He hasn’t had as much to do as he likely would in a Premier League match, but he has done what’s required of him, and that includes making quality saves on Wednesday night to deny a couple of blistering long-range efforts. It’s a small sample size, sure, but you have to like what you’ve seen thus far.

Could It Aid De Gea’s Development?

By the time United open the Premier League season at West Brom in a fortnight, De Gea will have been with his new team less than a month, and at this point, it’s reasonable to wonder whether or not he’ll be ready. Now, he could produce performances against Barcelona and against City in the Community Shield a week from Sunday that eliminate any concerns about his readiness, but it’s quite possible that Fergie could turn to Lindegaard while De Gea fully settles in.

De Gea is certainly talented enough to start from the outset and not relinquish his position for a long, long time, but he doesn’t have to be and won’t be rushed. There’s still the matter of increasing his grasp of English to better his communication skills with his teammates, which is something that could play in any decision. It looked like he communicated and commanded well in his start against the Fire, but the starts against Barca and City, when he’ll have much more to do, will be more telling.

Making transitions in-season isn’t always easy, but this isn’t a situation where struggles could force a change or player egos could make things messy. Lindegaard is well aware that De Gea wasn’t brought in to sit for long, if at all, and I’m sure he’ll step in and do his best if given the opportunity and then silently step aside when De Gea is ready, if he isn’t immediately.

With Lindegaard having the edge in familiarity and having proven that he can be a more than capable fill-in until De Gea’s fully ready to take over, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Dane starts some early matches. And it might actually be the best move, especially with the future in mind.



  1. 20LEgend

    30 July 2011 at 01:13

    One of the great things about having Lindegaard in there is that it will keep DG on his feet. The last thing we need is for our younger players to have things too easy.

    I’m also impressed by Lindegaard’s mentality to not take being #2 for granted. When he was brought in, he was told that the club would be bringing in a big name signing, and that he would have to step up and prove himself. It’s great to see him take up the challenge.

    • Redrich

      30 July 2011 at 01:35

      He certainly has to keep a healthy attitude. The chance that DG gets hurt or falls flat on his rookie face are quite high, IMO.
      AL is just that close to the big-time, and he knows it.

  2. Redrich

    30 July 2011 at 01:31

    Thinking about it, De Gea has made the competition tough for himself by stalling the transfer as much as he did.
    Lindegaard has made it clear that he’ll be after the #1 shirt and I’m sure he’s going to push all competition as far as he can.

    That said, De Gea has the job to loose, and at 20m, his price alone will give him a bunch of automatic starts.

    I think, folks, this is called “healthy competition”.

  3. jose

    30 July 2011 at 02:08

    I haven’t seen enough of De Gea yet, but I do like Lindegaard, and imagine he will get the nod for the prem initially, unless De Gea makes a massive impression in one of the next 2 games. With the Euros Fergie may want to give him a little more time to settle in. I don’t feel believe that the largest price tag should get you starts, prove it in a United jersey.

    • Redrich

      30 July 2011 at 03:18

      I know you don’t feel/believe it, but the big wide world of sports dictates it. Tell me a single instance where the big signing doesn’t get the nod!

      • RedDevilEddy

        30 July 2011 at 04:13

        Veron was one, then there is also Benzema/Kaka at Real, SWP at Chelsea, Tevez at West Ham and Keane/Aquilani at Liverpool.

        Not saying that it doesn’t mean anything. We all saw how Torres were handed games because of his transfer fee when he started out at Chelsea, who is only one mention! Usually coming at a large costs means you will be given some free starts, but I don’t know if that is the case at United. Jones, Ronaldo, Anderson, Nani and Smalling all cost a lot, but they were bought for the future. None of them started playing week-in, week-out until they had proven themselves(Nani, Ronaldo), or because of injury problems(Anderson, Smalling).

        De Gea is 20. Lindegaard is 27. Although De Gea cost a lot, he is bought for the future. As a goalkeeper communication is vitally important, so I think he will be given some time to learn the language and how everything at United and the Premier League works until he is a firm starter. I hope the Dane takes care of his chances, being our first choice keeper for our games against Chelsea, Arsenal, City and Spurs will do wonders to his confidence! 😀 Just hope we do the right thing, both long term and short term.

        • Redrich

          30 July 2011 at 05:26

          Lets talk Berbatov!!

          A shoe in for at least 2 years before he proved he wasn’t worthy.
          Ferguson will not allow himself to be embarrassed with a big signing, whether the player is performing or not. The said will be given the opportunity to fail or succeed, where the contender will have the odds stacked against him to make his impression.

          It’s a survival of the fittest thing and only the smartest beasts will win out.

        • Rimmerstweets

          30 July 2011 at 11:45

          Haha, no I didn’t steal those names Eddy! I just hadn’t read through entirely before I replied to Rich. Good post.

        • donibrasco

          30 July 2011 at 21:03

          Speakink of age,with Grog gone,among our regular posters,RedDevilEddy will also have to step up a notch to be our poster boy.

        • RedDevilEddy

          30 July 2011 at 21:09

          I’ll always be here bitches! 8)

    • Rimmerstweets

      30 July 2011 at 11:46


      Don’t forget Rich….Big Brother’s watching YOUR comments very closely now you’ve returned. I had no intention of doing this BUT……

      that’s Jose’s first post…………..can you imagine what I might be about to say?

      Make RedRants’ newcomers welcome……or you WILL be shown the door again.

      I haven’t had to pull anyone up for a while and that’s how I like it, please don’t take this personal……just think about it…….and please don’t reply to this either (unless it’s to apologise), if you have an issue, email me.


      Sorry Jose, I’m sure he didn’t mean to belittle your opinion. By the way, if you’re looking for an example to throw back at him why don’t you try Kaka at Madrid? Or you could try Torres at Chelsea? Or maybe you know of others?

      • Mountfort

        30 July 2011 at 16:13

        Ian, that’s just it. Eddie’s reply is a great instance of how things work here. It’s a competition of ideas and points of view and a heavy moderator presence is not required and reads as weird, in my opinion. A healthy discussion is what I love about this blog, not some ALL CAPS play nice mandate.
        Don’t want to dwell, but I think the vibe is all important.

        • Rimmerstweets

          30 July 2011 at 18:15

          I agree to a certain extent @Mountford but I don’t see the point in trying to be aggressive or territorial with people instead of building the healthy discussion you speak of….especially with newcomers. The site requires moderation when someone IS aggressive, and I think you telling a newcomer to ‘piss off somewhere else’ the other day was almost crossing the line but I let it go.

          I’m only back because RedRich requested I lift his ban yesterday (after telling me he couldn’t give a toss about a month ago) which I lifted, then he hits a newcomer with that smart-arse reply. Tell me, do you think that’s fair?

          I’m not getting into a discussion with old heads who’ve been here for a long time a la 6 weeks ago, the simple fact of it is newcomers get welcomed to the community now, by anyone who chooses to use RedRants. If they don’t they’re history.

          Them’s the rules, like it or not.

          There will be exceptions when a newcomer (or a troll as you call them) comes in and deserves it but when someone genuinely doesn’t deserve it that rule applies.

          Believe me, it IS possible to build an environment where everyone shows each other respect, even online. And that’s what I’m aiming for.

      • Redrich

        30 July 2011 at 18:29


        How the hell do I know who’s a first timer??
        Besides what is it in that reply that’s so off putting to a newbie.

        Seems to me you’ve got a hard on for my neck, mate

        If you want to ban me again, you might as well get it over with. 😀 😀

        • Stephen

          30 July 2011 at 19:46

          Truthfully I have faith in the new regime, give it a go, don’t rebel for the sake of it and give it time. There has been some very outlandish views about this club on this site and I know like me you have been frustrated as have I in the past about them.
          You are a very bright guy and give it time, if then it is not for you then so be it, but this site would be worse off.

        • Rimmerstweets

          30 July 2011 at 20:05

          Therefore play it safe Rich, respect everyone…..easy.

        • Rimmerstweets

          30 July 2011 at 20:07

          Can’t wait to get this reply system sorted! Thanks for being patient I know it’s confusing.

          Hopefully this week the developers get back on the job.

  4. Lars

    30 July 2011 at 03:31

    What will de Gea say/think if Lindegaard starts at West Brom? It would certainly be a kick in the bollocks.

    In the early season, I think de Gea should start all Premier League games and Lindegaard can get the early rounds of the League Cup and maybe an odd Champions League game (a la PiG). If Lindegaard performs well enough, he may challenge de Gea for a Prem game were the Spaniard’s performance to drop. Competition is good for both parties involved, but I have faith in de Gea and he should be very confident considering he has a nice Serbian wall in front of him.

    • RedDevilEddy

      30 July 2011 at 04:04

      Those Serbians really know how to make a wall, don’t they? 🙂

  5. RedDevilEddy

    30 July 2011 at 04:15

    I’ve been really impressed by Lindegaard. Coming from the Norwegian League, he really has improved. He’s lost weight, he’s gained confidence, and he’s now on the verge of becoming first choice keeper at the best club in the World. Can’t be too shabby being Anders now! :mrgreen: And I agree with 20LEgend, his attitude is really worth mentioning. He’s not taken the number 2 for granted, meaning he will fight all he can to get that number 1 shirt. Credit given where credit is due, and he deserves a lot of it!

    • Jonny

      30 July 2011 at 04:41

      It’s even possible that Anders could be our No 1 for the league, and that De Gea would get the cup games until his english and physique improve

      either way, I’m glad we have both of them fighting for the No 1, and \i think SAF has done well for United there

    • 20LEgend

      30 July 2011 at 11:09

      Good point regarding AL’s physique Eddy! He has become leaner since joining us. Typically, the #2 goalkeeping spot at United has always been a “comfortable position”. Raymond van der Gouw held it for years, Tomo has had it for a few years. It’s basically an easy paycheck if you know where I am coming from. But its great to see AL taking himself out of the comfort zone and challenging DG.

  6. [OPTI]Madschester United

    30 July 2011 at 06:11


  7. [OPTI]Madschester United

    30 July 2011 at 06:14

    I agree with everyone.
    1. Competition wtih De Gea
    2. De Gea will start many of the initial games
    3. Lindegaard will play CC and the odd ECL game against 4th or 3rd ranked group team.
    4. Goalkeeper problem has been solved.
    5. One of these two will go on to become world class (unlike the Howard/Tottenham Mistake goalkeeper duo of past)

    Next, Midfield…. please!

    Also, is it August 8th yet? 😈 😈 😈

  8. Stephen

    30 July 2011 at 09:27

    De Gea will start as our number one, Fergie has all but confirmed this. I agree that Lindegaard does look pretty good, I am still concerned about De Gea. For me he looks like he has tremendous ability but he looks too light weight at the moment and he doesn’t speak a word of English. This move looks like it might be a couple of seasons too early, but hope I am wrong.

    • RedDevilEddy

      30 July 2011 at 14:02

      He knows how to say “Me and Anderson are crazy guys” 😆 😆

      • Stephen

        30 July 2011 at 14:06

        😆 😆 😆

  9. colver

    30 July 2011 at 11:32

    As was said it is healthy competition. De Gea hasn’t really convinced me about his desire to succeed at the club. But Lindegaard seems to have a great attitude and fighting spirit. If De Gea’s focus is not there and he makes some slips I think Lindegaard will get chances. In particular I think Lindegaard is perhaps better suited for the more physical nature of the Premiership so it could be that De Gea has a shaky start to the season and is then taken aside and rested while he bulks up and has more practice dealing with crosses. All in all though I’m happy with the keeper situation.

    • Stephen

      30 July 2011 at 12:26

      I am a little unsure about De Gea, the issue with keepers when they makes a mistake they concede goals.

  10. Stephen

    30 July 2011 at 12:39

    So Gill says the Sneijder deal is now dead with Nasri, “I am not doing anything on anything”.
    Fuck me, it looks like we will go into next season with the midfield we currently have, which is astounding. This really was the only real area needed for improvement and it certainly looks like it will be neglected. This is beyond a joke, really Carrick, Anderson, Fletch, Giggs and Cleverley would struggle to get into any top four club in the main European leagues and they are our first choice.
    There are plenty of players out there who are available and are a damn sight better than what we have. Spending £50m on players this Summer is very well and good, but if you cannot afford the real necessity than that’s not money well spent.

    • Eddie Griffin

      30 July 2011 at 14:41

      Best not to get hung on every statement made, especially considering what he said just a few days ago.

      We’ll know definitively one way or another if anything will happen or not in the next week or so after the return from the U.S.

      Just best to wait and see right now, as hard as it is to be patient.

      • Stephen

        30 July 2011 at 19:53

        Yes we must wait until the end of gthe window but that isn’t ideal is it?
        Our midfeild is not good and this should have been addreesed a lot earlier. As a player in that position needs time to settle, at best it will be a late arival which is not great. If we sign the Dutchman he hasn’t had much time in intregate, Scholes was always going to retire and Hargfo was on his way out. We knew this, and this positon either been neglated or the funds are not there for Sneidjer.
        The fault is either at Fergie for spending the money on Young and Jones or the Glazers.
        Stevie Wonder can see we need a centre mid and have needed one for seasons.

        • tonymontanna4united

          30 July 2011 at 21:12

          Stephen, agree. The fact fergie has even spoken at all about how he’d be happy to go into the season with what he has, coupled with these quotes by that tosser gill, tells me were done tbh.
          Your absolutely right regarding bringing in a new midfielder asap. We know what happened with berbatov, and fergie himself even admitted the next season, he will always try to get in his targets before the club goes away on their tour.
          Yes deals like sneijder will be always be complicated, but thats even more reason why if we wanted him, we should have got him first, before waiting to tie up the young, jones and de gea deals.
          Me thinks were too easily put off these days, and fergie is blind to the holes that continuously grow larger. That mc claren quote i mentioned last post seems to ring more and more true.

  11. colver

    30 July 2011 at 14:49

    Stephen, unfortunately you may be right.

    Apparentely we gave up on Nasri the second City expressed an interest.

    I can’t think why we haven’t bought Sneijder. How often do you get a chance to buy a player of his calibre? Even if the fee was as high as £40 million and his wages were really £200,000 a week, I’d happily pay that.

    We seem to have a very defeatist attitude in our transfer negotiations. At the slightest bit of resistance we give up.

    Inter have as much as admitted that they would be willing to sell and Sneijder has said if the club wants to sell him he will move.

    All we need to do is cough up the money and I’m sure we can raise those funds.

    Look at Barcelona. They don’t have much money but they stretch themselves to the limits to bring in the players they think they need.

  12. despicable

    30 July 2011 at 16:20

    Guys where can i see barca match??
    England is killing me… they seem to give up when under pressure.. Dravid seems like the nail in the foot again..

  13. RedDevilEddy

    30 July 2011 at 16:41

    Forgive me for having very little to do these days, but I’ve been watching the season reviews from 2005/06 up until 2009/10. Wow, we really are a different team now! Especially the quality in squad depth, which has improved… A LOT! I’m gonna post a team full of first team regulars from that season, then what would be our second team for all those seasons, just so people could gain some perspective.


    Neville Rio Brown Silvestre
    Ronaldo Smith Scholes Park
    Van Nistelrooy Rooney

    Bardsley Vidic Pique Evra
    Fletcher O’shea Giggs Richardson
    Saha Rossi


    Neville Rio Vidic Evra
    Ronaldo Carrick Scholes Giggs
    Saha Rooney

    O’shea Brown Silvestre Heinze
    Park Fletcher Richardson
    Solskjaer Smith Larsson


    Brown Rio Vidic Evra
    Ronaldo Hargreaves Scholes Nani
    Tevez Rooney

    Simpson Pique Silvestre O’shea
    Park Carrick Anderson Giggs
    Saha Dong


    Neville Rio Vidic Evra
    Ronaldo Carrick Giggs Park
    Berbatov Rooney

    Rafael Evans Brown O’shea
    Fletcher Scholes Anderson Nani
    Tevez Welbeck


    Neville Rio Vidic Evra
    Valencia Carrick Fletcher Giggs
    Berbatov Rooney

    Rafael Evans Brown O’shea
    Nani Scholes Anderson Park
    Owen Welbeck

    Now, compare all these teams to what we currently have

    De Gea
    Rafael Rio Vidic Evra
    Nani Carrick Anderson Young
    Hernandez Rooney

    Fabio Smalling Jones Evans
    Valencia Fletcher Giggs Park
    Berbatov Owen

    I don’t know about you, but as a 22-player squad I feel this is the best we’ve got in years! I’ve not even mentioned players like Welbeck and Cleverley, who will give all the others a run for their money. Our current SQUAD looks the best in years, so I don’t think it’s all to shabby!

  14. despicable

    30 July 2011 at 19:36

    Where can i see match guys? And when is it starting?

    • RedDevilEddy

      30 July 2011 at 19:45

      00:00 British time, you can watch it on….

      Guys, where can he watch it? 😛

    • RMJ

      30 July 2011 at 19:59

      Use myp2p to find good links(just google myp2p) source of games being streamed…okie guys Im off to the metro station…will be at Fedex feild for tonights game…

  15. Rimmerstweets

    30 July 2011 at 20:13

    Stream for tonight via

  16. Jay wire

    30 July 2011 at 20:42

    Good insight Ed. We definitely have a great squad. Another thing in addition to this is this is the most successful core team in United’s history. The 5 years since 2006, this squad has achieved and gone further than any other Manchester United team in history. Yet they’re the most ridiculed, simply because we’re living in the Instant Coffee Age of shallow, tabloid based journalism. All you hear and read is how limited our squad is and the millionth new Zidane,Pele,Ronaldo we should sign, based on one half season of a couple of long range goals and repetitive dance music themed YouTube videos. The whole basis of how useless our squad is, is rooted in 2 games,one in Rome and one in London.

    Right now we’re being linked with an Arsenal player,whose just had a great season, yet Nani was just about at the same level. No one decided that Fabregas is useless based on his complete lack of influence in the 2nd leg against Barcelona. But Carrick is useless because he single handedly failed the simple task of containing the world’s best midfield. Anderson is written off for his poor goal scoring record but everyone wants Modric the scorer of 9 goals in 91 games for Spurs. You look at Iniesta’s overall record, David Silva’s etc and you’ll see that the world’s best attacking midfielders don’t really have as glorious a goal scoring file as we all thought. In attack we have 3 world class forwards, in defence it’s hard to find anything better. And the success reflects the quality we have. I’m convinced as always, we’ve got what it takes

    • RedDevilEddy

      30 July 2011 at 21:08


    • tonymontanna4united

      30 July 2011 at 21:25

      Ahh so its andersons lack of goals why he has so many critics eh. Nothing to do with his lack of physical fitness, his inconsistant showings, his laziness or his general crapiness, its his lack of goals 🙄
      But once again, ignore that. This is another jay wire special, whereby anyone who has the gaul to criticise any part of this team must be a FM fanatic, prepubescent kid who knows nothing whatsoever about the game of football. Figures 🙄

      • RedDevilEddy

        30 July 2011 at 21:45

        I’m gonna go all Rafa on you here… 🙄

        Anderson is the fastest central midfielder in the Premier League – FACT!
        His strength, his upper body strength, and balance, makes him cut it with all the other physical Premiership players. He doesn’t have difficulties containing the likes of Mascherano, Essien, Gerrard, Song and even Fellaini – FACT!
        He is our only midfielder who can seriously turn up the tempo, whether by passing or running. The pace he adds to our team is unique, and something that makes him a vital asset to this team – FACT!
        His vision for a through pass is very special, and he is a typical brasilian playmaker in that way. He is very direct in is offensive passing, but unlike the other Brasilians he also has a physique to match is “unawareness” to oppositions close to him. He doesn’t get shrugged off easily, which makes his offensive passing special – FACT!

        His consistency, positioning, awareness, stamina and pressing is up for improvement, of course. But guess what, all those comes from playing more. Awareness, Stamina and Positioning comes from playing more often, consistency comes as an affect of him playing more often, and all those things combined will improve his pressing, which is a much more complicated factor than us viewers think. All the natural attributes which comes with Anderson the “player”, are God-sends! And I’m not kidding about that. Rarely do you find a player who is fast, strong, a good dribbler, left footed, can pick a great pass, and be solid both offensivly and defensivly? The only things he lacks are what I mentioned, and all those comes with both experience, commitement, and playing more regularly.

        • tonymontanna4united

          30 July 2011 at 22:12

          But mate, the anderson you are describing there is the anderson of 3 seasons ago, where i would fully agree, he was excellent.
          3 years on though, and this is not the same anderson. He is overweight, still, lazy in training, and woefully inconsistent, and im sorry but i expect more after 4 seasons here.
          I will say, he did impress me, he really did, with his form around november. But even then, he kept that up for what, 3 games, then reverted back to crap, before getting injured again (which is probably to be expected when you dont take care of yourself physically).
          So the question is, can he replicate that form we saw for 3/4 games, over an entire season?
          Maybe, but i cant see it myself.
          The boy is too bone idle and lazy, still too overweight imo, and still thick as a post, with too many of his decisions on the football field, to ever become anything more than an average player.
          Thats my opinion anyway, but your quite entitled to your own. Infact i do hope that he does come good, and you ram this down my throat next season, as i admire the way you defend the lad.
          My post above was more in response to jaywire, as i didnt like the tone he took more than anything.
          As i say though, for your sake i do hope somewhat he does go on to have a good season, carrick too.
          Both were players i rated very highly upon their arrival, and stood by for many years, but theres only so long you can keep defending someone when they make very little to no improvement in their game.
          But saying that, carrick had a mini revival from february onwards, so maybe ando will do the same.
          Im not holding my breath though, and i stand by what i said above, that ando has been complete shite 90% of the time the past 3 years.
          Hes a lucky lucky boy to still be here as far as im concerned.

        • Tevez

          31 July 2011 at 00:03

          Although Anderson can spot a pass, his ability to execute one fluctuates from competent to woeful. More often than not, he gets the weight on the pass wrong and this coupled with his vision and willingness to attempt the killer ball constantly can frustrate because he constantly loses the ball.

    • Tevez

      30 July 2011 at 23:52

      I do agree that Carrick had no chance in the game against Barcelona given the way we set up. The teams matched up to the point where Carrick had to juggle between cutting off Messi as a passing option and closing down Iniesta. He had the most challenging job and naturally couldn’t cope. Still, Carrick is not suited to playing players like that anyway because of how slow he is.

      I also agree regarding goalscoring midfielders, there’s not many who regularly get on the scoresheet. The two I always think of are Lampard and Hamsik. At the same time you cannot deny Anderson’s shooting has been awful which is where I think much of the frustration comes from.

  17. tonymontanna4united

    30 July 2011 at 21:04

    Lindegaard has looked ok, but then i think people are getting a little carried away, especially when you look at the quality of opposition hes been facing.
    Agree with redrich, de gea will most likely get the nod because of his price tag, and the fact hes been tested against half decent opposition, as opposed to MLS dross.
    Not having a go at lindegaard, he can only play whats put in front of him, but playing against teams that would probably struggle in league 2, is no place to judge whether hes good enough to be our number 1. De gea atleast has faced the likes of madrid, barca etc and a few half decent european teams in the UEFA cup, so has that to go by.
    I do think though, especially this year, lindegaard will get plenty of games against the more physical sides of the league, the wolves, stokes, evertons etc especially away from home.
    Anyway id be expecting de gea to start the season tbh, as i think it should be really, but lindegaard will get opportunities no doubt.

  18. Owen

    30 July 2011 at 21:12

    Grog ,where are you?Your absence will leave a very big hole here which will be never fulfilled…

    • RedDevilEddy

      30 July 2011 at 21:16

      He bailed like a cheap hooker on Ebay 🙁

    • dgame

      30 July 2011 at 22:45

      Grog’s on a hiatus…
      i think he will be back 😐 😉 😀

  19. RedDevilEddy

    30 July 2011 at 21:15

    I’ve really got nothing to say, just looking forward to the game later…

    Still waiting for Ashley Young’s first assist! 😀

  20. RedDevilEddy

    30 July 2011 at 22:09

    I love how RoM is all “The Berbatov” discussion blog, while we here at Red Rants rave on about Anderson.

    Feeling like a proud dad here, just watching his son score his first goal for a Sunday League team 😥 😀

  21. colver

    30 July 2011 at 23:27

    Eddy, if Anderson ever decides to release a Michael Owen type prospectus you gotta be the guy to write it for him!

    I’ve always said about him that he can hustle and that is an underrated skill. But unfortunately that is of limited use when he doesn’t have the physical fitness and work ethic to keep it up for an entire 90 minutes week in and week out. Now if he learnt to do that he could be invaluable next time we face Barcelona. And I think he was most successful in his first season at the club because Ferguson realized that this was what he can do best.

    I’m still not convinced about his ability as an attacking midfielder. He does have a good passing range and good vision and is quite explosive. But the decision making and intelligence simply isn’t there. He still has a tendency to be a headless chicken. He totally lacks the composure of players like Paul Scholes for whom time seems to slow down.

    Unfortunately intelligence and decision making is hard to improve.

    So if I was Anderson I would take a leaf out of the book of players such as Park and Fletcher who have made up for other limitations in their game by working incredibly hard and being very fit.

    If he learns to do that he could have a great future at the club as a box to box midfielder especially if he had players like Carrick and Sneijder alongside him with intelligence to complement Anderson’s hustle.

    But I gotta say he is one of the laziest players I’ve seen. So I really don’t think there is much hope for him. Especially as every time he gets into a groove he manages to get injured.

  22. colver

    30 July 2011 at 23:43

    OK it is but if it were true it would absolutely not surprise me!

    We are quite happy to overpay for British talent like Young and Jones and even shell out £20 million for De Gea.

    But when it comes to paying a very modest £40 million for a guy who is one of the best in the world we start quibbling. OK the salary demands do add quite a bit to the cost. But surely our wage bill can handle it now Edwin, Scholes and Neville have gone?

    • RedTan

      31 July 2011 at 10:06

      €230,000-a-week wage demands (eyes pop out of head, head spins round)

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