Joe Riley has described his first-team debut for Manchester United as a dream come true.
The 19-year-old came on at half-time in Man United’s 3-0 FA Cup win over Shrewsbury Town after Cameron Borthwick-Jackson picked up an injury.
Man United have suffered a string injuries this season and have dropped the youngster into the deep end of the Louis van Gaal‘s first-team plans but he looked comfortable on his debut, albeit against a weak Shrewsbury Town side.
Regardless of the opposition, Riley was simply delighted to have made his debut.
Dream come true- 22/02/2016🔴⚽️ pic.twitter.com/J6mPxtcg3m
— Joe Riley (@joeriley49) February 22, 2016
Speaking about his debut, Riley told ManUtd.com: “I’ve been at the club since I was six so it’s a dream come true to work my way up,” he said after the game.
“I’m very, very happy as this is something I have always dreamed of.
“Standing on the touchline waiting to come on, wearing the shirt with your name on the back, is something that every lad coming through the system is proud to do and it was the same for me – it’s a dream come true.”
I’m really chuffed for Riley because he’s been one of those players with the U21s whose showed a fantastic level of consistency for some time now. One of the types who doesn’t steal the limelight but rarely lets his team down.
Born out of opportunity through injury, Riley has got the taste of first-team football now and will not want to let it go. His debut might have been the beginning but he won’t want it to be the end and with our injuries this season, I’d be surprised if we’d seen the last of him at full-back.