Former Manchester United Goalkeeper Announces Retirement

Anders Lindegaard

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has retired from football at the age of 38.

Lindegaard was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in the middle of the 2010/11 season and went on to make 29 appearances for the Red Devils before leaving in 2015.

Lindegaard signed for West Bromwich Albion that year and later played for Preston North End and Burnley. He ended his playing career today following over three years in Sweden with Helsingborg.

Former Manchester United Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard Calls Time on His Playing Career

Danish Keeper Retires

Making his announcement on Instagram, Lindegaard said: “I’m humble and grateful for everything it (football) has given me. Football has shown me the world and given me experiences I could only ever dream of. I look back at my career with great proudness and gratitude and I thank everyone who’s been there for me and everyone I’ve met and worked with in the beautiful game.”

The goalkeeper played five times for the Danish national team, competing with familiar names such as Thomas Sorensen and Kasper Schmeichel over the years. Lindegaard missed Euro 2012 due to an injury.

In his 29 appearances for Manchester United, he kept 13 clean sheets. Lindegaard provided David de Gea with quality competition as the Spanish stopper, now established as one of the Premier League’s best players between 2010 and now, became accustomed to English football.

The 38-year-old was named Danish goalkeeper of the year in 2010 and won the Premier League title in 2012/13 – Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season as manager.

Goalscoring Goalkeeper

Since 2019, Lindegaard had been plying his trade in Sweden with Helsingborg. He became a goalscoring goalkeeper in July 2020, scoring a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Falkenbergs, a moment he captioned on Instagram with ‘Don’t worry…I got this’.

In his retirement statement, Lindegaard added: “I’m privileged to have picked the moment myself. I’ve prepared for this day for many years and I feel ready. I’m looking forward to start a new chapter in my life. I have no ‘wall of fame’ in my home where I can dwell on the past. I’m looking to the future.”

The former Denmark stopper suggested he doesn’t know what is next and the challenge for him is to figure out what’s right.