“Two are goalkeepers, who are they?”
1NEWS – Five previous Danish players have lined up at Old Trafford. Some of them have performed great, and others less so.
We’ve looked back at each one of them and how they fared over their careers in Manchester and beyond.
#1 Anders Lindegaard
After several strong seasons in the Norwegian top flight with Aalesund, Man United signed Lindegaard in November 2010 as a back-up to Edwin van der Sar.
Van der Sar then left in the summer of 2011, but with the signing of David de Gea, Lindegaard remains the second-choice goalkeeper.
He made 18 Premier League appearances in the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 seasons as De Gea struggled to settle in England. And, in the last two seasons, Lindegaard has picked up a Premier League medal and even started in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game as Man United boss.
He finally left in 2015 and has spent time at West Brom, Preston, Burnley and Helsingborg.
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A handy player when he was at Old Trafford, but not the best goalkeeper on this list.
#2 Mads Tim
After emerging through from his hometown club, Odense, Timm moved to Man United to play in their youth team in 2000. He finally made his first team debut in a Champions League match against Maccabi Haifa in October 2002.
However, it was his only appearance in a Man United shirt. After several loan moves, Timm was sentenced to 12 months at an institute for his role in a car accident that caused serious injury to his youth teammate, Phil Marsh.
Timm was allowed to remain at Man United, but his career began to fade and he retired in 2009 before returning to the Danish league in 2011.
Marsh played just once for Man United after the crash, but he became a non-league hero, which he told us about in April 2022.
#3 Peter Schmeichel
Schmeichel is the best goalkeeper on this list. Five Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup, Champions League crown in his last 398 appearances at Man United. We don’t need to say anything else, do we?
Thanks to everyone who dropped by Old Trafford to get their books signed yesterday. It was great seeing so many of you 😊 pic.twitter.com/lRblijOLuX
— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) November 8, 2021
#4 John Sivebaek
Sivebaek’s main claim to fame at Man United was that he scored the first goal of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, right after the Scot was appointed in November 1986. However, it was the former Denmark international’s only goal for Man United in one season. trophyless season in England.
Sivebaek was successful elsewhere, winning the Danish championship and league cup with Vejle Boldklub and playing more than 100 times for Saint-Etienne. In 1992, his career high came, he started the European Championship final as Denmark beat Germany to secure continental glory.
“Of course, I remember the game when I scored the only goal against QPR,” he told United’s official website in 2020.
“It was the first win for Sir Alex, so it was a special moment for me. I’m very proud of that, the only goal I scored for Man United. It’s part of history.”
#5 Jesper Olsen
Olsen is the first Danish player to arrive at Manchester United and the second most successful in the club’s history after Schmeichel. He arrived from Ajax in 1984 and remained until 1988.
He played 139 times for the Red Devils, including in the 1985 FA Cup final, which Man United won in extra time thanks to a famous Norman Whiteside goal.
When Ferguson arrived Olsen was on the transfer list following a training dispute with Remi Moses, but the new boss reversed Ron Atkinson’s decision and kept him for another two years.
Olsen went on to spend three seasons in France with Bordeaux and Caen, but the high points of his career certainly came in Holland and England.