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Lindegaard hints at United exit

March 22, 2013
By Richard Jolly

Anders Lindegaard has suggested he may leave Manchester United in order to experience the “adrenaline” of first-team football again.

Anders Lindegaard
PA PhotosAnders Lindegaard has had a frustrating time of late

Lindegaard, 28, used to alternate with David de Gea for the No. 1 spot at Old Trafford, but the former Atletico Madrid man has since established himself as Sir Alex Ferguson’s preferred pick over the last few months.

The Denmark international has only played once since an unconvincing display in December’s 4-3 win at Reading, while De Gea has been praised for his recent performances.

And Lindegaard, a £3.5 million signing from Aalesund in 2011, has admitted he is growing frustrated.

“For me at the moment it’s not easy dealing with being on the bench when the team is performing as well as we do,” he told the Daily Mirror. “And, of course, when David is also performing as well as he does and has been doing in the last couple of months.

“Of course, everybody wants to play and I’m not different from anyone else. I’m sure all the players who are not in the starting line-up every game would say the same and they want to play. That’s how football players are. It’s a genetic thing in us - we live for the thrill of playing and the adrenaline you get when you step out on the pitch.”

Lindegaard has made 24 appearances for United and has had two spells in the side this season when De Gea was dropped to the bench.