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Di'Shon Bernard: What Solskjaer said after own goal on Man Utd debut

Manchester United defender Di'Shon Bernard is enjoying his loan with Salford City.

Bernard won PFA Player of the Month for December and subsequently signed a loan extension with Salford until the end of the season.

The defender has recalled making his debut last season in the Europa League against Astana.

“It was crazy," Bernard told the PA news agency. “I didn't realise how cold it was going to be! No one gave me a heads-up.

“Just travelling with the first team is a crazy experience with private jets. As soon as you get off the plane you see fans already queueing up, shouting names and stuff.

“The hotel as well, ridiculous. Ridiculous! And then the game, the fans – you see so many people screaming, shouting.

“There were times in the game that I'm shouting to my other centre-back and he can't even hear me because the fans are so loud. But definitely a great experience.

“Kazakhstan was a great experience for me and it was good to make my debut with all my friends that I've grown up with because a lot of us made our debut that night.

“I think obviously the game didn't go, as in the scoreline, as we wanted it to go but there was a lot to take from it."

On the own goal, he explained: “It was an unlucky rebound but definitely an experience I'll keep with me forever."

Bernard inadvertently sealed Astana's 2-1 comeback win but United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stressed publicly and privately how well the defender played, saying he “didn't even put a foot wrong" when deflecting a cross past Lee Grant.

“Literally straight after the game he puts his arm around me and said I was excellent and 'don't look too much into the own goal, it happens'," Bernard said.

“It's not like I meant to do it. It was an unlucky rebound, so he definitely still showed his belief in me."

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