Joe Riley: Making Manchester United debut was a 'dream come true'

Manchester United debutant Joe Riley spoke about seeing his "dream come true" after playing his first game for the club on Monday.

Riley, 19, who has featured mainly as a wing-back for the under-21s, came on at left-back at half-time during the 3-0 win over Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup fifth round.

The versatile youngster replaced Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, another United academy product, who sustained an unspecified injury.

Blackpool-born Riley told MUTV: "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."

The appearance at Shrewsbury was the culmination of a memorable week for Riley, who was also on the bench for the 2-1 Europa League loss at FC Midtjylland last week.

Riley, who produced a confident showing on Monday, said he was pleased to have the chance to make his debut in front of close family members.

"It [the past week] has been a great experience for me -- out of this world," he said. "I'm learning so much from the players who are all top lads.

"My mum and my sister have always said that they would come to my first game, but they didn't travel to Denmark because it's a bit too far. They were here [at Shrewsbury] though and it was a really proud moment for me and for my family too."