Former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard misses the period he played under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. The player who moved to Swedish side Helsingborg last year on a free transfer deal explained that under Ferguson United was a ‘family club.’

He appreciated the way the club was run, with the Chairman, directors and the manager part of the Man United family. He sighed and added that everything changed after the Scot retired.

Lindegaard revealed that Ferguson was interested in all part of the club unlike managers after him that have given attention to only the first team. He quipped that featuring for United was a curse and a blessing. A blessing in that players experience how perfect football can be inside out, and a curse when Sir Alex left and the environment changed. He joined United in 2010 following the retirement of Edwin van der Sar, as David de Gea joined.

As De Gea started slowly, Ferguson relied on Lindegaard. The goalkeeping coach Eric Steele had to pick up some Spanish as he helped De Gea stabilize. Lindegaard was good in English so he was the natural bet, racking up decent playtime for a second choice keeper in the 2010/2011 season before he got injured.

De Gea grew in confidence during that period, blocking any chance of a return for Lindegaard. Even when Ferguson was angry with De Gea and gave Lindegaard a chance in 2012/13, he could barely impress and was rarely considered. He remained at Old Trafford until 2015/16 when he moved to West Brom on a free deal.

After loan stints at Preston and failing to find employers he played for Burnley in 2017 before deciding to move back to Scandinavia.


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