David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard tussled for the starting place between the sticks before De Gea emerged victorious (although injury to Lindegaard played a part in this).
An £18m signing last summer, De Gea was always likely to emerge as our number one and despite some early teething problems it appears he is likely to hold the number one spot for a good few years, but this hasn’t discouraged another of our goalkeepers.
Ben Amos is somewhat of a forgotten man in discussions regarding our keeping situation. The 22 year old was our keeper for the the run in the Carling Cup and made his Premier League debut against Stoke at the end of January.
He knows the huge task that he faces if he is to become #1 at United, but he is will to bide his time and wait for chances as he told he told Sky Sports at a Thomas Cook Sport event:
“I’ve had to stay patient for a lot of the season and I finally got my debut, so I felt like that was worth the wait.
“Obviously I would like to play a lot more, but at the moment I’m just concentrating on doing the best I can in training and hopefully more opportunities will come.
“It’s a start. I feel like I am good enough to play at this level. It’s just about getting the opportunities. David (de Gea) has come in and done well, so while we are winning games I will stay patient and do my best, work hard and try to change that. We will just have to see how it goes.”
Despite knowing he wil be playing the waiting game, advice received from a United great has made it all the more easier:
“When Edwin (van der Sar) was at the club, he told me that he didn’t break into the Ajax team until he was 23, so that gave me a little bit of perspective because he finished when he was 40. There is that part of it and it can be frustrating at times, but I have just got to be patient.”