Name: Anders Lindergaard
Signed: January 2011 from Aalesund (£3.5 million)
Then: In January 2011, Edwin van der Sar was approaching his 40th birthday and Manchester United were in need of a long-term replacement. Young Danish keeper, Anders Lindergaard, had all the attributes needed to become that very keeper and had the backing of fellow Dane, Peter Schmeichel. United decided to sign Lindergaard for £3.5 million in the January transfer window, hoping he would develop enough to provide competition for van der Sar. In his first half season with the club, the he was thrown into the action during two cup ties.
Now: Lindergaard is still at United but has never quite managed to break into the first-team picture. His best spell came during a period in which number one keeper, David De Gea, had troubles with his handling and commanding of the area. Lindergaard’s physical presence meant he was able to fill in the gaps while De Gea worked on his conditioning and strength. The Dane fell further down the pecking order though when, in January 2015, manager, Louis van Gaal, signed the former-Barcelona superstar, Victor Valdes, to provide competition for De Gea. It is unclear whether Lindergaard will remain at United for the coming season, especially now with Sergio Romero amongst the ranks.