Bayindir could make Man United debut as Onana’s Cameroon advance in AFCON

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Manchester United goalkeeper Altay Bayindir could finally make his long-awaited debut having been a permanent resident on the bench this season.

The 25-year-old joined the Red Devils from Fenerbahce on deadline day last summer to provide competition for Andre Onana.

Bayindir is yet to make his United debut despite joining in September


Bayindir is yet to make his United debut despite joining in SeptemberCredit: Getty

But he’s yet to play a minute of action, with the Turkey international an unused substitute in 18 Premier League games, two Carabao Cup matches and one FA Cup tie.

It was thought Bayindir would feature against Wigan in the FA Cup third round before facing Tottenham at Old Trafford in the top flight.

But Onana was allowed to link up with Cameroon for the Africa Cup of Nations at a later date, resulting in him playing against both the Latics and Spurs.

In what has been a dramatic AFCON, Cameroon looked to be heading out at the group stage having lost only attained one point going into their final game.

It left Cameroon requiring to beat Gambia in their final Group C match with Senegal needing to win against Guinea.

The AFCON holders did their job, and Cameroon just about managed to claim the three points – despite trailing 2-1 in the 85th minute.

An own goal moments later levelled the game up, with Christopher Wooh heading home in the first minute of stoppage time to complete the turnaround.

Gambia then thought they had sealed second spot in Group C with an equaliser of their own, only for VAR to overturn Muhammed Sanneh’s Diego Maradona-esque handball.

Onana's absence at AFCON could finally see Bayindir make his United bow


Onana’s absence at AFCON could finally see Bayindir make his United bowCredit: Getty

Incredibly, Onana was dropped for the pivotal game, with his cousin Fabrice Ondoa chosen to start ahead.

The last time the player was dropped in an international tournament, he was sent home due to ‘disciplinary reasons’ at the World Cup.

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With United in action this weekend away at Newport in the FA Cup, Bayindir will be desperate for history to not repeat itself.

And should Onana remain in Ivory Coast for AFCON, it is almost certain that he will make his debut between the sticks under Erik ten Hag on Sunday.


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