Lindegaard: Man Utd have abandoned their values by signing Pogba

The shot-stopper believes his former paymasters are now run in a “different way” to when he was at the club but has tipped them to be successful under Jose Mourinho

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard believes the club have abandoned their values by signing Paul Pogba for a world record fee.

The Red Devils completed the most expensive transfer in history when luring Pogba to Old Trafford from Juventus for £93.8m on Tuesday.

Pogba's arrival is the latest big-money capture sanctioned by United in recent years, having bought Angel Di Maria for a then British record £59.7m in 2014. 

United also spent over £50m on both Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as well this summer and Lindegaard, who left the club in 2015, believes such deals prove his old side are now ran in a “different way”.

“This is definitely a new chapter,” said Lindegaard, speaking exclusively to 888Sport. “United are a different club to when I was there. It’s run in a different way and built on different values.

“It is a completely different thing now from when I first arrived. Unfortunately this is just a natural development with how football is going and it doesn’t change my feelings for them.


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“Everything is about money and I know United have spent a lot of money over the past decades which is a big part of why they’re so successful but it’s just getting more and more extreme.

“You can’t prevent it so I guess you just have to embrace it and do as well as you can in that environment.”

But although Lindegaard believes United have changed their principles, he insists he is “happy” for his former team-mate Pogba and is backing the club to succeed under Jose Mourinho's tutelage.

He added: “I’m happy for the club because it’s a great signing for them and I’m happy for Paul that everything went through.

“United are going to be successful under Mourinho. They have obviously spent a lot of money but have bought quite wisely and with Mourinho’s track record in how he performs in his first year at clubs I’m sure United are going to push for the title.

“I think it’s between them and Manchester City. Unfortunately I have a feeling that Liverpool could be a dark horse.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Anders Lindegaard, including his thoughts on Paul Pogba being a perfect fit for Man United.