- Altay Bayindir has not played for Man United since joining the club last summer
- He will finally make his debut this weekend in the absence of Andre Onana
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Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Altay Bayindir will make his Manchester United debut in goal against Newport County on Sunday, and backed the Turkish keeper to handle the pressure of the occasion.
Bayindir will make his first appearance since a £4.3million summer move from Fenerbahce, replacing Andre Onana who is away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon.
The 25-year-old has waited patiently for his chance while Onana has played every game this season, but Ten Hag said that he will be in the line-up against League Two Newport at Rodney Parade.
‘He will be in the goal,’ said the United manager. ‘What we can expect for him, he waits for his chance but he is experienced. He played in a big club in Turkey under big pressure.
‘He knows how to deal with it, and we were convinced. So we are looking forward to Sunday. Altay has waited for his chance and this is his moment.’
Altay Bayindir will make his Man United debut this weekend against Newport County
He will replace Andre Onana who is away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon
Erik ten Hag has backed Bayindir to handle the pressure in the potential banana-skin FA Cup tie
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Asked why he is confident the 6ft 6in keeper can handle the pressure, Ten Hag replied: ‘You have been to Fenerbahce? Pressure. Also, the Turkey, that is big pressure always, also for the national team so he knows how to deal with it.’
Ten Hag insisted that his players will not underestimate a Newport County side that are looking forward to the biggest game in the club’s history in front of 9,000 fans.
‘Also in the Netherlands we have the cup, and we play the games against lower class teams,’ he added. ‘Always when you go, as a big club against a lower class team, how you approach that, definitely we’re not in a position to under-estimate them.’
United were beaten in the FA Cup final by Manchester City in June, and Ten Hag admitted that it represents their only chance of a trophy this season after dropping to eighth place in the Premier League.
‘It’s the truth,’ he said. ‘The FA Cup is, as you say, probably a last opportunity for the trophy and we go for it.’