on the sidelines coincided with a clean sheet against West Ham.
"I have to say, hand on heart, that I have a very good relationship with David," he told Red Voices, ManUtd.com's official podcast. "I'm a bit older than him and he's a bit more experienced than me in terms of playing games so we can help each other in a lot of things."
It's easy to underestimate the security he provided as De Gea's back-up, not to mention his role in creating competition for the keeper's jersey.
Former goalkeeping coach Eric Steele informed Inside United: "Anders earned a Premier League medal and I'm delighted for him because he deserves it for his performances this year.
"He doesn't want to be here to be No2, he wants to effectively challenge David and, on the reverse side, that has been terrific for David because he knows Anders is there if he's not right."
With a new season - and a new manager - will come fresh challenges for the Scandinavian shot-stopper, who has proved to be an extremely able deputy.