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The 35-year-old, who is currently the club's third-choice keeper, has been at The Etihad for two seasons on loan from Derby County.
Despite his lack of minutes, Carson is one of the dressing room leaders at City, so after wrapping up the league title earlier this week, Pep Guardiola decided to reward the experienced goalkeeper with a much-deserved start.
:speaking_head: "I thought my Premier League days were over."
Scott Carson's reaction to making his Manchester City debut & his first Premier League appearance since 2011 pic.twitter.com/DDExTBdRxQ
- Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 14, 2021
After not making a top-flight appearance in 3645 days, the Cumbrian shot-stopper was given a guard of honour for City's Premier League triumph alongside his teammates.
Scott Carson gets a guard of honour on his debut :clap: pic.twitter.com/8WgqRp4zfk
- SPORTbible (@sportbible) May 14, 2021
He was then tested throughout and although conceding three times, Carson produced a number of good stops, including a penalty save from Joe Willock - although the ball fell kindly for the Newcastle player to tap in.
It was a memorable evening made even more special at the full-time whistle, when a bunch of his Manchester City teammates surrounded the experienced keeper to celebrate his solid performance between the sticks.
This is the wholesome content we need on a Saturday, that's for sure.
This is so, so wholesome. :blue_heart: @ManCity pic.twitter.com/6tvPIF4Tqc
- City Xtra (@City_Xtra) May 14, 2021
Moments later, Pep Guardiola explained his decision to give Carson his City debut on Friday night.
"Maybe people don't know it but he's a real leader for us," the Spaniard told Sky Sports.
"He says straight away what he believes, he has a lot of experience, he has been in incredible locker rooms with big teams.
"He is an incredible person and we are delighted - not just me but Eddy (Ederson) and Zack (Steffen) and the players that today he could play."
Carson, meanwhile, was surprised to his name on the teamsheet ahead of kick-off.
"I'm over the moon to get a chance to play," he said.
"There was a chance I could have played last season but Eddy was going for the Golden Glove. I think Norwich scored and it went to VAR and I was getting my shinpads on!
"Xavi the goalkeeping coach told me yesterday [he was playing], I thought my Premier League days were over but I've never given up and got my chance tonight."
Scott Carson for the Euros, anyone?
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