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The goalkeeper discussion – Dave or Anders?

The battle for the Manchester United number one jersey is an intriguing one, I wonder if even the great Sir Alex Ferguson knows who his first choice keeper is? Personally I’m unsure as to whether he does.

Are any of these two going to make it at our great club? Is David de Gea set to be the new Edwin Van Der Sar? Or is he going to flop like Massimo Taibi? Is Anders Lindegaard going to become the best Danish keeper since the great Peter Schmeichel? Or is he going to end up sitting on the bench for the majority of his United career, ‘picking his nose’?

For the first half of the season De Gea was hit and miss. He had every United fan on the edge of their seats for every set piece and corner. His inability to claim the ball in a crowded penalty box was apparent for the opposition to see, and teams targeted this, which seemingly made him even more nervous from a dead ball situation. On the other we got a glimpse of a truly world class keeper. Some of the saves he has made in his short career have been nothing short of exceptional. The one that springs to mind is the superb stop from Juan Mata’s free kick in the 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge.

On the other hand we have Anders Lindegaard. The Dane joined the club in January of last year for a fee of around £3million. Fans only got to watch him pull on the United jersey in two cup games last season so judgement on him was fairly reserved. This season he has made 11 appearances for the club, when picked he brings his calm and relaxed persona onto the field with him. This seems to rub off onto the back four and more clean sheets are kept under Lindegaard so far.

Both keepers have their own pros and cons. The stunning saves of the spritely young Spaniard, and the cool head of the experienced Dane. I firmly believe that both could stay at the club for years to come, with both being utilized in games with suit their respective strengths. Let’s not forget that De Gea is 21 years of age. How many keepers of such a tender age could break into the first team of our famous club? Give him time and lets all watch him mature into the world class keeper that we all know he potentially is. We should all get off his back and get behind him.

With Anders’ cool head beside him we have two great keepers on our hands. However David de Gea is the man for me. Who gets your vote?

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18 responses to “The goalkeeper discussion – Dave or Anders?”

  1. Dave – all the way. In him i see the potential of the world’s best keeper in a few years. In Anders I just don’t see the same potential.

  2. Dave – all the way. In him i see the potential of the world’s best keeper in a few years. In Anders I just don’t see the same potential.

  3. Alex_red says:

    De Gea, he just needs games. People who say Anders in more experienced that David are wrong. They have played about the same number of professional matches and De Gea has played at a higher level. Bulking him up in the gym and then he’ll be one of the world’s best goalkeepers.

  4. Alex_red says:

    De Gea, he just needs games. People who say Anders in more experienced that David are wrong. They have played about the same number of professional matches and De Gea has played at a higher level. Bulking him up in the gym and then he’ll be one of the world’s best goalkeepers.

  5. Stretty News says:

    We’re the only club in England that can have this discussion about our first and second choice goalkeeper. Incrediable.

  6. Stretty News says:

    We’re the only club in England that can have this discussion about our first and second choice goalkeeper. Incrediable.

  7. MUFCJord says:

    I think Anders is a safer bet, but Dave all the way for me!

  8. MUFCJord says:

    I think Anders is a safer bet, but Dave all the way for me!

  9. MUFCJord says:

    He just needs time

  10. MUFCJord says:

    He just needs time

  11. Lutah23 says:

    Lindergaard and send De Gea on loan

  12. Lutah23 says:

    Lindergaard and send De Gea on loan

  13. Uzzo says:

    De Gea. Still love Anders though

  14. Uzzo says:

    De Gea. Still love Anders though

  15. Senjojo says:

    anders is older and has a commanding presence but de gea has his moments of magic. spanish keepers a have a weakness for set-pieces but r good on one-on-ones because they stick out their feet first. unfortunately i see anders at his peak now nothing really exceptional. on the other hand de gea has potential u can develop the commanding presence with time while u cant develop magic….u have it or you dont. de gea any day! ronaldo,nani cost us games bt our pateince finally paid off

  16. Senjojo says:

    anders is older and has a commanding presence but de gea has his moments of magic. spanish keepers a have a weakness for set-pieces but r good on one-on-ones because they stick out their feet first. unfortunately i see anders at his peak now nothing really exceptional. on the other hand de gea has potential u can develop the commanding presence with time while u cant develop magic….u have it or you dont. de gea any day! ronaldo,nani cost us games bt our pateince finally paid off

  17. Senjojo says:

    anders is older and has a commanding presence but de gea has his moments of magic. spanish keepers a have a weakness for set-pieces but r good on one-on-ones because they stick out their feet first. unfortunately i see anders at his peak now nothing really exceptional. on the other hand de gea has potential u can develop the commanding presence with time while u cant develop magic….u have it or you dont. de gea any day! ronaldo,nani cost us games bt our pateince finally paid off

  18. Senjojo says:

    anders is older and has a commanding presence but de gea has his moments of magic. spanish keepers a have a weakness for set-pieces but r good on one-on-ones because they stick out their feet first. unfortunately i see anders at his peak now nothing really exceptional. on the other hand de gea has potential u can develop the commanding presence with time while u cant develop magic….u have it or you dont. de gea any day! ronaldo,nani cost us games bt our pateince finally paid off