Tom Heaton became Manchester United’s first signing of the summer, with the goalkeeper signing a one year deal with the Red Devils with an option of a second year.
It makes a return to United for the 35-year-old, who spent 13 years at the club as a youngster.
Heaton’s contract had expired at Villa at the end of June before moving to Old Trafford on a free transfer.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now revealed why he signed up the former Manchester United goalkeeper.
Solskjaer said: “Tom is a Manchester United player. He’s been here and felt this is coming home and closing the circle. He’s had a very, very good career so far and been a part of the England set-up. For him to come in now, taking his challenge, I think is what he needed, that last step now.
“He’s such a top professional and such a top guy to have around and that will help the young lads.”
Heaton had also admitted upon signing for Manchester United that he’s pleased to return to the club.
“For me to have the opportunity to come back after spending 13 great years here as a kid, it’s an incredible feeling and I’m really, really excited to get started,” said Heaton.
“I’m just seeing it as a fantastic opportunity as I still feel I’ve got an awful lot to give and I’ve got the bit between my teeth.
“I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running. I feel in great shape and I’m looking forward to coming in to compete with the other goalkeepers.”