Lindegaard eyeing No.1 jersey

Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has admitted that he is eager to win the club’s starting position for 2012-13.

The Danish stopper was predominantly used as a back-up to Spaniard David De Gea last season, but Sir Alex Ferguson did rotate the pair on occasion.

Lindegaard admits that he felt he was number one for a period of time last term, and is eyeing a run in the team once the season starts back up again in August.

“Yes definitely. I think I played six or seven games in a row, and I think that speaks for itself,” The Daily Mail report the Scandinavian as saying.

“I believe I can become No.1 because if I don’t believe it then no-one else can believe in it. I will never be at United just to sit on my money. I want to deserve the money I earn, and I want to deserve it by playing.

“I never saw myself as a straight No.2. I think I have more respect now compared to 12 months ago.

“I went through a very hard period personally in terms of football before we went on the tour because I didn’t play any games and I didn’t feel the respect that I have to feel from my teammates before that – not necessarily because it wasn’t there but it’s just the feeling you have yourself.

“It’s definitely different now. I feel the respect and I feel as though I’ve proved myself. I feel I’ve put my name on the list of good players,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight