Anders Lindegaard explains how Cristiano Ronaldo helped his move to Manchester United

Anders Lindegaard’s performance against Cristiano Ronaldo for Denmark in 2010 made Manchester United buy him.

Lindegaard spent five years at United in total and won the Premier League twice under Sir Alex Ferguson during that period.

After arriving in Manchester for £ 3.5 million in November 2010, the Danish stopper struggled to be United’s No. 1 goalkeeper ahead of David de Gea, but after apparently becoming Ferguson’s first choice in early 2012, he incurred a severe ankle injury during training.

Lindegaard’s United career originated from that moment, and he left the club in 2015 after playing only 29 first-team matches.

The shooter has now reflected on his years at United and revealed that current United star Ronaldo actually played a role in his transfer to the club after Ferguson initially called him to register his interest in his signature.



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“I was in a grocery store and had to go out and call my parents,” Lindegaard told The Guardian. “It was not just taking a step away from playing Scandinavian football and going to a better club. It was going to be my final destination. Where I have always dreamed of.

“Manchester United. It was Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Sir Alex Ferguson. The ones I had been following since I was a little kid.”

However, Lindegaard had to wait several months after that phone call before United followed up their interest.

“Aalesund played a match in Oslo and Eric [Steele] came to see and we ate a meal together. He said: ‘We can see you have something special, but our concern is: how will you react in front of 80,000? We do not know, “Lindegaard added.

“Right after this, Denmark played against Portugal and 20 minutes in Thomas Sørensen is injured, and as a back-up I am thrown into exactly the scenario United highlighted – a high-profile match – and I got Cristiano Ronaldo on the bowl with six or seven saves in world class.

“The next day United called and said, ‘You convinced us.'”

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