Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele says Anders Lindegaard will be given a chance to impress in David de Gea’s absence.
Lindegaard, 28, found his opportunities limited last season, with Spaniard David de Gea the first-choice goalkeeper.
But with De Gea in London on Olympic duty, Steele believes this is the perfect opportunity for Lindegaard to play his way into Alex Ferguson’s plans for the next season.
“David has great potential and wants to be the No.1 here, but while he plays at the Olympics we’ve got Barcelona in a friendly, and other games in Oslo and Hannover.” Steele told the Sunday People.
“So Anders will get the chance to stamp his authority in the United goal and stay in the team.”
Steele did say he was impressed with De Gea in the second half of last season, following a shaky start for the 21-year-old.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy for David following a legend like Edwin van der Sar – and that’s why we brought in two keepers to replace him, with Anders joining us too,” he said.
“The whole idea was for them to share the season. Unfortunately, Anders got injured in February, but David came in and finished the season so well.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult start for David, but it was a learning curve and he showed mental strength. We feel he should be better for the experience second time around.”