Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana was chastised for conceding an early goal at Nottingham Forest.
Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana would have felt he could have done more to prevent Nottingham Forest from taking an early lead at Old Trafford on Saturday, committing an error that led to the first goal of the game. On his way to a dramatic early breakthrough for the visitors, Taiwo Awoniyi raced practically the length of the pitch before sitting the goalie down.
Onana failed to come and sweep the forward ball before backing back towards his own goal, enabling Awoniyi to close in before falling for his dummy and allowing the striker to tap into an unguarded net inside two minutes.
Many United players and supporters were perplexed by the goal, having been impressed with Onana during his early days in England despite being chipped from long range during pre-season.
Within four minutes of kick-off, Morgan Gibbs-White’s free-kick was met by Willy Boly, albeit the defender knew little about his header, which put the away side two goals ahead.
Christian Eriksen, making his first Premier League start, provided the hosts some reprieve after being shellshocked by Forest’s early double, tapping home after Marcus Rashford sprinted past his marker and put the ball on a plate for the Dane to score.
Onana will be disappointed to see his first goal returned, having unusually remained on his line when the ball was originally played forward, then failing to come to meet Forest’s talisman before throwing himself to the ground too early and enabling a simple finish.
Erik ten Hag paid £47 million to Inter Milan for Onana as his David De Gea replacement to signal a new way of playing out from the back, but the Dutch manager will be disappointed with the goal, having already told the stopper that keeping the ball out of his net should be his number one priority.
“Most important, always for a keeper, is clean sheets, and he’s not doing that on his own,” Ten Hag stated when Onana arrived. “As a result, it’s quite clear that you need a very good defensive organization.” However, a keeper’s abilities also include the ability to keep the goal clean. As a result, this is the primary qualification for a good goalkeeper.
“However, nowadays, football also requires good play from the back, out-playing qualities, which Andre possesses.” You require both and must cover both areas. So, of course, we’re pleased.
“I believe he is so determined to win because of his physical presence as well as his personality.” He’s so motivated to win trophies, and he’ll help the team and the squad advance to greater heights.”