Debuts Part 22: Marcus Rashford

CHARLIE PRITCHARD rounds off the Debut series looking back at Marcus Rashford’s Old Trafford introduction He walked out onto the floodlit pitch of Old Trafford without an iota of expectation weighing upon his young shoulders. He left the Theatre of Dreams a matter of hours later as Manchester United’s future; a star in the making, […]

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Debuts Part 21: Sergio Agüero

Sergio Agüero has just bagged his 200th goal in the Man City blue. JAMIE GARWOOD takes us back to when it all began It’s August 2011, and Sergio Agüero has just signed for Manchester City for £35m from Atlético Madrid. For years, Manchester United had been the envy of many sides not least their cross-city rival […]

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Debuts Part 20: Ruud van Nistelrooy

Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Manchester United debut was halted due to a serious injury, but he soon made his mark at Old Trafford. SAYANTAN DASGUPTA tells the story There are a few moments in life which leave an inedible mark. These kinds of things generally happen when you are young and the world still excites, surprises and […]

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Debuts Part 17: Faustino Asprilla

Middlesbrough fan TOM FLIGHT remembers being awe-struck by the debut of Newcastle’s mesmeric Colombian Faustino Asprilla’s first step on Tyneside was probably the coldest environment he’d ever been in. The image of ‘Tino’ in the midst of an early February snowstorm wearing a thick fur coat meeting a delirious crowd at St. James’ Park had […]

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Debuts Part 16: Steve Mounié

SIVAN JOHN on a successful Premier League debut for both Huddersfield Town and new-signing Steve Mounié “(How Does It Feel To Be) On Top Of The World?” asked singer-songwriter Ian McCulloch in his official England theme song for the 1998 World Cup in France. Well, on 12 August 2017 I was privileged enough to say to myself: […]

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Debuts Part 15: Luc Nilis

NIKOLAS BOEHM recalls Luc Nilis’ dream debut, and the tragic injury that ended his football career The summer of 2000 was an exciting time to be an Aston Villa supporter. The club was looking to build on back-to-back sixth-place finishes, as well as long cup runs in the season prior, with some ambitious signings. While […]

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