Andre Onana “made it easy” for Taiwo Awoniyi to open the goal during Manchester United’s match against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, according to Peter Schmeichel.
Forest stunned the United fans with an early goal at Old Trafford, with Awoniyi finishing calmly after a spectacular counter-attack. A corner was wasted by the Reds, with the ball bouncing out to Morgan Gibbs-White, whose glanced header fell to the Nigerian.
He was able to get the ball ahead of Rashford, who was unable to stop the run. The Forest forward paused once in front of Onana, but the 27-year-old dropped to the floor too soon and forced his opponent’s decision.
United made a poor start, and things worsened only two minutes later as a free-kick deflected off Willy Boly’s head and into the net.
“I honestly couldn’t believe what I was seeing for the first goal,” Schmeichel said, according to Premier League Productions. “There were so many mistakes and so much went wrong.”
“Rashford is the last man, doesn’t win the tackle, and Onana makes it easy for Awoniyi.” Then it’s 1-0, and [Willy] Boly doesn’t move and simply heads it in 25 seconds later.”
Christian Eriksen scored United’s equalizer, glancing Rashford’s driving cross into the goal. Casemiro then equalized early in the second half before United took the lead thanks to a penalty from Bruno Fernandes.
“That’s two home games for Man Utd now, They’ve won both but there’s so many things not working,” Schmeichel said after the game. It’s a good three points, but you expect Manchester United to keep going rather than hang on at the finish. It causes you some concern.”