Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag has lauded debutant Martin Dubravka for his experience as he made his first appearance for the club against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup.
Dubravka, who is on-loan from Newcastle, had an assured game in a 4-2 victory over Villa at Old Trafford in the third round of the tournament on Thursday.
In the pre-game conference, ten Hag spoke to reporters about the decision to rotate his keepers and give David de Gea a rest.
“I think he’s [Dubravka] experienced, he’s played so many games in the Premier League and for the national team, so he will know what’s coming,” Ten Hag told MUTV.
“He will be composed, he’ll lead the back four, so I don’t have doubts about that.
“He is [Anthony Martial fit], otherwise I wouldn’t have put him on. Of course, we are happy with it, he’s back, but he needs game practice. He starts the game and we’ll see how far he can come. Jadon [Sancho] is ill, Cristiano [Ronaldo] is ill and Antony is injured.
“We have to give everything and more than the weekend, as that was not good enough.”