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Man Utd complete Anders Lindegaard signing

Anders Lindegaard
Lindegaard has recently broken into the Denmark national team

Manchester United have completed the signing of Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard from Norwegian side Aalesund on a three-and-a-half year deal.

The 26-year-old, who arrives for an undisclosed fee, will train with United in December but cannot play until the January transfer window opens.

He has recently broken into the Denmark national side and won four caps.

"Anders is one of the brightest young keepers in the game," said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

"The challenge at Manchester United is always to look to the future and, in Anders, we have signed a goalkeeper of great presence and even more promise.

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"Having the time to train before he is registered will be an important period for him, almost like a pre-season to get him integrated with the other players."

Lindegaard is seen as a potential long-term successor to current United number one Edwin van der Sar, who had been tipped to quit at the end of the season by United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele, although the 40-year-old later dismissed those claims on a Dutch website.

Lindegaard will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Peter Schmeichel, who kept goal at Old Trafford from 1991 to 1999 during which time the club won, among other trophies, five Premier League titles and the Champions League.

"Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me," added Lindegaard. "The club is such an institution in Denmark, it's an honour to come here.

"I'm looking forward to playing and training alongside some of the great players in football today. I can't wait to be part of this team and to make my contribution to keeping the team at the top of the game."

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see also
Van der Sar tipped to quit in May
07 Oct 10 |  Man Utd
Van der Sar extends Man Utd deal
26 Feb 10 |  Man Utd

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