De Gea, Lindegaard, Given…or none of them?

Is there a decent keeper anywhere who has not been linked with Manchester United in the last few months? That’s obviously a gross exaggeration but there are times when it appears that way. There were plenty of headlines just a couple of weeks ago when manager Sir Alex Ferguson decided to give the Carling Cup tie against Scunthorpe a miss, preferring instead to visit Spain with goalkeeper coach Eric Steele instead to scout Athletico Madrid’s David De Gea. That interest now appears to have cooled off with attention turning to Denmark international Anders Lindegaard instead.

Is there a decent keeper anywhere who has not been linked with Manchester United in the last few months? That’s obviously a gross exaggeration but there are times when it appears that way. There were plenty of headlines just a couple of weeks ago when manager Sir Alex Ferguson decided to give the Carling Cup tie against Scunthorpe a miss, preferring instead to visit Spain with goalkeeper coach Eric Steele instead to scout Athletico Madrid’s David De Gea. That interest now appears to have cooled off with attention turning to Denmark international Anders Lindegaard instead.

Steele travelled to Norway this week to watch Lindegaard in action for Aalesunds against Stabaeck. His team lost 2-1 but the 26 year old received praise for his performance. It was apparently the fifth time that Steele has been to see Lindegaard and it’s understood that United have also made preliminary contact with Aalesunds. Ferguson is considering him to take over in goal from 39 year old Edwin van der Sar if the veteran announces his retirement at the end of the season as is widely expected.

Even Manchester City’s unsettled Shay Given has been mentioned as a possible loan target but having rejected Arsenal’s approach for a similar deal, it’s highly unlikely that Eastlands boss Roberto Mancini will authorize a cross town move for the keeper.

Meanwhile, Steele appears set to continue travelling all over Britain and Europe watching possible contenders until Ferguson settles on the chosen one.

Who should Ferguson finally settle on?

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