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Altay Bayindir - "Everyone wants to play for United"

This week on the Manchester United podcast, Sam Homewood and David May are at Carrington with GK Altay Bayindir. Yet to make an appearance for the first team, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know our new goalkeeper, and what a funny conversation it was!

Altay arrived at Old Trafford with 166 career appearances and 53 clean sheets to his name, becoming Manchester United's first-ever Turkish player. He signed for United in the summer 2023 transfer window, completing his move from Fenerbahçe on deadline day.

Over the previous two terms, Bayindir has added Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League experience to his CV with Fenerbahce and played his part in their run to lifting the Turkish Cup in 2022/23.

Today on the podcast he talks about how he's adapting to life in Manchester, growing up in Bursa (close to Istanbul), plus Altay & Maysie swap stories about the most hostile games they've ever experienced in Turkey.

Altay tells us about the chance conversation he had, which persuaded him to be a goalkeeper. He actually thinks that he could've been a decent striker or defender! We also find out which former United GK is Altay's hero as well as how he felt when he first knew that Manchester United were interested in him. An offer he couldn't ignore!

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