Will Anders Lindegaard Start for Manchester United vs. Newcastle United?

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIOctober 6, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal (2R) shoots past Anders Lindegaard of Manchester United to score their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 22, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that Anders Lindegaard will start in goal for the Red Devils' crucial Premier League match against Newcastle United on the Sunday—thus continuing their goalkeeper rotation policy.

Spanish international David De Gea seemingly had the No. 1 spot locked up with strong performances for the club last season, and internationally at the recent 2012 London Olympics, but was dropped after the opening two games this season for Danish goalkeeper Lindegaard.

And despite playing well during the week against CFR Cluj and receiving great praise from the United boss, De Gea is likely to be benched once more this weekend when they take on Newcastle United in the Premier League.

The manager was quoted via Eurosport as saying that:

He [David De Gea] was excellent, he is an outstanding goalkeeper, the young lad, he is getting better all the time.

I don't know whether I should play him on Sunday or not, but the way we have been doing it in the last few weeks has worked quite well for us.

Obviously at some stage, one of them will take over if he shows a real consistency in a top-level performance and has shown a maturity. At the moment, neither of them have got that big-game experience; they will get that in time.

The "way we have been doing in the last few weeks" is in reference to the goalkeeper rotation policy that United have seemingly adopted this season given their two solid goalkeepers, where De Gea operates in the Capital One Cup and the UEFA Champions League and Lindegaard takes the Premier League matches.

If that's the case, then expect to see the Danish international as the shot-stopper for United on Sunday and against the dynamic attack of Newcastle United, he'll have an excellent opportunity to prove just how strong he can be this season.

Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are all missing from the Red Devils' defense, and coming up against the likes of Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa, whoever is in goal for United is likely to have a lot of work to to do.

It could even be the big-game performance that Ferguson is looking for.


Will Anders Lindegaard start for Manchester United this weekend?

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