Altay Bayindir, Manchester United’s goalkeeper, finally made his much-anticipated debut for the first team, an occasion he surely didn’t envision happening at Newport County’s Rodney Parade.
Despite the unexpected venue for his debut, Bayindir couldn’t afford to be choosy, especially with manager Erik ten Hag consistently favoring Andre Onana throughout the season.
Given Onana’s inconsistent form, many questioned why Bayindir hadn’t been given a chance earlier, and finally, the opportunity arose.
In the 4-2 victory over Newport, Bayindir faced some challenges, conceding two goals, one from a deflected long-range shot and the other from a tap-in after a defensive lapse.
However, his performance drew praise from BBC co-commentator Danny Murphy, who noted Bayindir’s composure and presence, stating,
“The keeper has looked good today, neither of the goals was his fault. Good stature and presence.”
This sentiment was echoed by MUTV pundit Quinton Fortune, who remarked, “He did very well today. When your opportunity comes, you have to take it.”
Former defender Wes Brown also commended Bayindir’s debut, emphasizing that while he couldn’t prevent the goals conceded, he performed admirably overall.
Manager Erik ten Hag expressed satisfaction with Bayindir’s performance, describing it as composed and highlighting some excellent saves.
Bayindir’s debut was historic as he became the first Turkish player to represent Manchester United. Since joining Fenerbahce last September, he had been patiently awaiting his chance.
With Andre Onana set to return from the African Cup of Nations following Cameroon’s elimination, Ten Hag faces a decision regarding the goalkeeper position for the upcoming match against Wolves.