Are De Gea’s days numbered? Who nose?
Anders Lindegaard has stuck his nose, quite literally, into the Manchester United goalkeeping debate, after putting in a good performance in last night’s stalemate with Benfica.
September 15th, 2011
The Danish keeper was the surprise inclusion in United’s Champions League opener in Lisbon, immediately increasing speculation that summer signing David De Gea will be joining the likes of Massimo Taibi, Mark Bosnich, Fabien Barthez and Roy Carroll in the Old Trafford goalkeeping Hall of Shame.
Not so, according to Sir Alex Ferguson, who claimed that De Gea will be between the sticks against Chelsea on Sunday, and the United manager was quick to criticise anyone who dared to question the issue of De Gea as “looking for silly little things”. At least, that’s what he said to ITV reporter Kelly Cates, daughter of Kenny Dalglish.
Anyway, Lindegaard put his opinions on the matter across in a more unique way, claiming that he wasn’t at Old Trafford to partake in any disgusting habits.
When asked whether he was targeting a first-team spot, Lindegaard replied: “What do you expect me to answer? I’m not here to pick my nose.
“I’m satisfied with my own performance but I’m sad I didn’t save the goal.”
Lindegaard made no mention of picking other orifices as he sits on the Old Trafford bench throughout the season.
Meanwhile, little seemed to change in the betting for the Champions League following the opening week’s results, with Barcelona still the 2/1 favourites to defend their crown despite their 2-2 draw with Milan. Barca’s Spanish rivals, Real Madrid, shortened slightly with some bookies after their win in Zagreb from 5/1 to a general 9/2 second favourites.
Manchester United drifted slightly with some bookmakers but they remain between 6/1 and 7/1 across the board whilst Man City remain a general 10/1 after their draw at home to Napoli.