According to reports, Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana will not represent Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, despite rumors that he could return to international service. Onana has not played for Cameroon since departing their World Cup camp in Qatar in the middle of last year’s competition.
During the Qatar campaign, Onana is said to have clashed with head coach Rigobert Song. Since then, the 27-year-old has not appeared for Cameroon.
However, earlier this week, rumours in Africa stated that Onana was about to return to the international fold. That would have left United with few options in goal for a month at the start of 2024.
Onana is expected to compete in the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, which will take place from January 13 to February 11. United’s £43 million summer addition would have missed four Premier League games as a result.
However, according to The Athletic, people close to the matter say it is ‘impossible’ for the former Inter Milan star to play for Cameroon anytime soon. The player’s connection with his national team head coach does not appear to have been repaired.
Erik ten Hag, who is desperate to improve his No. 2 goalkeeping position, will be relieved. Dean Henderson is expected to join Crystal Palace next week, according to Express Sport, and will have a medical with United’s Premier League rivals.
Apart from Onana, the only known first-team goalkeeper at Old Trafford is Tom Heaton. United might yet sign another goalkeeper before the transfer deadline on Friday.
According to the report, the Red Devils are looking for a £5 million deal for Fenerbahce’s Altay Bayindir. The 25-year-old is reportedly due for a medical with Ten Hag’s side, but if Onana stays away from the Cameroon national team, he will not get as much game time as predicted.
It comes after Onana has been chastised for his early displays in a Manchester United shirt. He was signed in part because of his talent on the ball, although he has made a handful of mistakes in his first three games for his new team.
Onana was fortunate not to give up a penalty in United’s opening-day 1-0 triumph over Wolves. He collided with Wolves attacker Sasa Kalajdzic, and the VAR ruled that he should have intervened and awarded them a late penalty.
Nottingham Forest’s Taiwo Awoniyi then sat him down far too comfortably as the Midlands team took an early 2-0 lead at United on Saturday. They saved three points, however, with a strong comeback, winning 3-2.