"Don't forget Anders is a late developer whose only had about 80-90 games but he's 28 and has still got a great career ahead of him."

- Eric Steele on Anders Lindegaard, MUTV

28/07/2012 23:05, Report by Adam Marshall
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Lindegaard's big chance

When asked if there is a competitive relationship between the pair for a place in the team, Steele replied: "Of course. If Anders didn't [have that], I'd kick his backside because that is what we brought him in to do. We brought him in initially for the first four or five months to spend time with the master and he worked alongside Edwin [van der Sar]. He had a problem with his knee but at least he was there to see what was expected of him.

"It did him the world of good. Don't forget he's a late developer whose only had about 80-90 games but he's 28 and has still got a great career ahead of him.

"He knows this is his chance. Whoever wears the jersey, it doesn't matter if we're playing a friendly because there's no such thing as a friendly as these are high-profile games. I make the point to Anders not to under-estimate pre-season games in terms of forming an image and impression in the manager's mind. What they should all be thinking about is, when the first XI is decided to go to Goodison, you want to be in that."

Steele feels all four first-team keepers - De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos (who is joining Hull on loan) and Johnstone - realise they have to keep working and striving to become the regular starter at United.

"They are all at the stage where they should not be the finished article like Edwin and Peter Schmeichel," he reasoned. "They know that well so there are still areas for all four of them to improve. So that's what my job is. They've got to be best prepared if that call comes and that's my job.

"I think [the first-team spot] it is up for grabs and the competitive element is what the manager wants. It's why he's looking to improve the squad - he wants to have competition at all levels. So if you're No1, stay with it, or if you're No2, make sure you do everything to take your chance and retain it.

"At the moment, Anders is here and David's at the Olympics and he's got to prepare himself to hand it over to the

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