David James, a former Premier League goalkeeper, has shared insights into Andre Onana’s challenges at Manchester United, suggesting there might be an underlying reason for his struggles in Europe.
Onana’s mixed performances this season, particularly in the Champions League, led to the Red Devils’ elimination from the knockout stages.
While Onana has conceded 21 goals in the Premier League, statistical analysis indicates he should have conceded 24 goals based on the shots he faced.
James emphasizes Onana’s exceptional ball distribution skills, surpassing many in the league, but questions whether the team is effectively utilizing this strength.
James compares Onana favorably to David De Gea, highlighting Onana’s ability to initiate quick team movements with his distribution—a crucial aspect in the modern game.
He raises concerns about the goalkeeper coaching at Manchester United, questioning whether it addresses Onana’s specific needs.
Despite the challenges, James believes Onana can prove his value to Manchester United over time, especially if given adequate coaching support.
Onana’s Premier League form has showcased his improvement, providing a notable upgrade over David De Gea, who remains without a club since his summer release.