Manchester United have reportedly chosen to free up space among their goalkeeping ranks with the release of reserve stopper Anders Lindegaard.
Reuters reported on Wednesday, via The Guardian, that Louis Van Gaal's second-choice keeper had been relieved of his duties at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, the player hinted on his official Twitter account that new ventures lay ahead:
The report states that Lindegaard's agent, Michael Stensgaard, would be releasing a statement later on Wednesday, expected to confirm his detachment from the English giants.
However, Jamie Jackson of The Guardian spoke to Stensgaard, who denied Lindegaard had been released:
Have spoken to Lindegaard's agent - he's not been released - full story soon on @guardian_sport— jamie jackson (@JamieJackson___) August 13, 2014
Lindegaard was a peripheral figure during David Moyes' sole season in charge of United, making just one Premier League appearance, and it appears the newly arrived Van Gaal isn't much of a fan.
That being said, Lindegaard has failed to gain prominence throughout his four-year stay in England, making just 29 appearances for United since arriving from Danish club Aalesund in 2010, per the official club website.
Jackson suggests that Lindegaard's release has been some time in the making, however, reasoning that's why Van Gaal tried out alternative goalkeepers during their tour of the United States this summer:
The Lindegaard tweet may explain why #mufc took four keepers on tour...— jamie jackson (@JamieJackson___) August 13, 2014
As things stood, the 30-year-old had two years remaining on his contract, but it appears as though Van Gaal will give other players their chance in the reserve role behind De Gea, with no Lindegaard breakthrough in sight.
With just over a fortnight of the transfer window remaining, we may yet see the Dutchman bring in a new presence to challenge De Gea for the No. 1 spot, the Spaniard having gone relatively unopposed thus far in his United tenure.