Man Utd fans baffled as Heaton makes debut 19 years after joining club

Manchester United fans were left baffled after Tom Heaton was finally given his United debut as a substitute in the Champions League clash with Young Boys – almost 20 years after he first joined the club.

The 35-year-old replaced Dean Henderson in the 68th minute of the European clash with the scores level at 1-1.

Much had been made of Ralf Rangnick including a host of United's most promising young players for the game, with a few of them expected to be given their United bow.

But instead, fans were left scratching their hands as Heaton, who started his career at Old Trafford but left without making a senior appearance, was sent on by Rangnick.

And his cameo had United fans online in uproar.

One fan tweeted: "Heaton lmfao. Ralf is on vibes", whilst another reacted with: "Heaton on, Ralf is such a crazy guy."

Another quipped: "Ralf is feeding the family with these subs, how’s he bringing on Heaton looool".

Another fan online was less than impressed with how that sub impacted Henderson, tweeting: "Tom Heaton replaced Dean Henderson in a Champions League match yet I'm supposed to believe he's better than David De Gea".

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Heaton returned to Old Trafford this summer on a free transfer from Burnley over two decades since he penned his first deal at the club.

Despite winning the FA Youth Cup at United back in 2003, Heaton never made a single senior appearance.

During his time away, Heaton has established himself both domestically and internationally after racking up over 100 Premier League appearances and winning three England caps.

And he couldn't hide his excitement at heading back to the club for a second spell after his move was confirmed in the summer.

"For me to have the opportunity to come back after spending 13 great years here as a kid, it’s an incredible feeling and I’m really, really excited to get started," Heaton told the official Manchester United website after penning a two-year deal.

“I’m just seeing it as a fantastic opportunity as I still feel I’ve got an awful lot to give and I’ve got the bit between my teeth.

“I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running. I feel in great shape and I’m looking forward to coming in to compete with the other goalkeepers."

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