Manchester United left-back Reece Devine says he’s ‘getting fitter and stronger all the time’ after making his senior debut for St Johnstone.

The youngster joined the Scottish Premiership club on a season-long loan from Manchester United earlier this summer, having never played a competitive match before. He played 90 minutes in St Johnstone’s opening league match against Ross County, a 0-0 draw. He will face Galatasaray in a Europa League third round qualifier this week.

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Devine has joined St Johnstone on loan from Manchester United for the 2021/22 season. (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Devine was disappointed not to secure a win in Dingwall but says he’s enjoyed the learning experience at McDiarmid Park so far: “On a personal note it’s great for me to make my senior debut. It was disappointing we didn’t finish off with a win, but on a positive we’ve got a clean sheet and a point to start the season.

“In the second half we had most of the possession, the better chances and looked likelier to win, but sometimes that’s the way football goes.  You don’t always get what you deserve. I’ll be looking to develop different sides to my game. It’s a lot more physical than reserve football. I had a few options.

“But this was the one that was most attractive to me. I think I can improve my game and help the team. I’m getting fitter and stronger all the time and these 90 minutes will help that. I’ll definitely be looking to contribute going forward as well as in defence.”

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