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Friday 27 April 2018

Ferguson snaps after being quizzed about missing David de Gea

Mark Ogden

Sir Alex Ferguson vowed to restore David de Gea to Manchester United’s starting line-up against Chelsea on Sunday after insisting Anders Lindegaard’s impressive goalkeeping display against Benfica had not altered his faith in the Spaniard.

Ferguson revealed his exasperation with the persistent spotlight on De Gea’s shaky start to life at Old Trafford by accusing ITV’s post-match interviewer, Kelly Cates — daughter of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish — of “looking for stupid little things” by asking whether Lindegaard’s performance left him with a selection dilemma.

Lindegaard, playing in place of the rested De Gea, made a series of crucial saves to secure a draw for United here, but Ferguson admitted he had no intention of omitting 20-year-old De Gea for the Premier League match against Chelsea.

“Not at all,” Ferguson said. “David de Gea will play on Sunday. That’s the understanding we had before the game and it doesn’t change. “I don’t know why you ask these questions. You are just looking for stupid little things. Anyway...”

Ferguson had considered resting De Gea in favour of Lindegaard at Bolton last Saturday before keeping faith in the £18.3million summer signing from Atletico Madrid.

But he claims that, with Edwin van der Sar retiring at the end of last season, he now has two top-class goalkeepers in De Gea and Lindegaard.

“I was very impressed with Anders,” he said. “In the last 15 minutes they came into it and Anders made two terrific saves to keep us in it. But we’ve got two great goalkeepers in him and David.

“We were always getting to the moment when we were going to share the duties. David will play against Chelsea on Sunday and possibly Anders will play against Leeds United on Tuesday.

“There are opportunities to spread that load because, coming over to the English game, it’s such a competitive intense league for a young keeper, there will come a time when I need to give him [De Gea] a break.

“This was a good moment, because he had a fantastic game on Saturday, so this was a nice time to give him a break.”

Lindegaard insisted, however, that he was determined to become more than a back-up goalkeeper at Old Trafford.

“I’ve said a thousand times, I’m not here to pick my nose,” he said. “I enjoyed it very much, it was a great night. This is why I came to United, to play these kind of games. There’s always a bit of nerves. It makes me feel alive. I’m satisfied with my performance, just a bit sad that I didn’t save the first goal.”

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