Altay Bayindir remains optimistic at Manchester United despite not appearing since his summer move from Fenerbahce.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper, signed for £4.3 million on deadline day, serves as the backup to Andre Onana, following Dean Henderson’s departure to Crystal Palace.
Speaking to the club website before a potential debut, the Red Devils’ number two emphasized the positive team spirit:
“We are fighting [to be the best] in training, and when we are going outside, we are best friends.
We have very good energy because, as I already said, it’s very important. Team, spirit, soul. But everyone, I think inside, has a clear heart.”
Unlike the previous season when David de Gea was rested in the early stages of the Carabao Cup, this season, manager Erik ten Hag consistently fielded Andre Onana as the No.1 goalkeeper in all 30 matches across competitions. This has left Bayindir without playing time.
However, with Onana away at the African Cup of Nations, Bayindir might have the opportunity to make his Manchester United debut in the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Newport.
The second-choice goalkeeper could step in, providing a chance to ease him into action against lower-ranked opposition.