Tom Heaton enjoyed an impressive 45 minutes upon his Manchester United return at the weekend.

Goalkeeper Heaton kept a clean sheet during his half of football in United’s 2-1 away win at Derby.

He made a smart diving save to deny Derby a goal from close range after a header from a corner.

Derby County v Manchester United - Pre-Season Friendly
(Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Heaton was delighted to be back, posting on Instagram that it felt great to pull on the United shirt again.

His performance was praised by Scott McTominay as ‘class’, while former Aston Villa teammate John McGinn took a gentle pop at him, suggesting his shirt was too big.

Here to compete

Tom Heaton is not just at Manchester United to make up the numbers.

While establishing himself as a number one seems impossible, Heaton is in no mood to admit it.


Speaking after the win at Derby, Heaton said: “I’ve had a fair bit of experience under my belt so I think I can add perhaps a different dimension to the department.

“There’ll be a professional respect and support all the way through it. But personally that’s the aim, everywhere I’ve been in my career you step on and try and get in the team.”

Heaton provides United with extra back up whatever happens with David de Gea and Dean Henderson.

He should be more than capable of filling in for cup games if required and his performance at Derby should provide a lot of confidence for supporters, the coaching staff, and Heaton himself.

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