Andre Onana Faces Criticism for Manchester United Performances
Manchester United’s goalkeeper, Andre Onana, is under intense scrutiny for his performances since his summer move from Inter Milan. Mark Goldbridge, a presenter for talkSPORT and The United Stand, made an astonishing claim regarding Onana’s abilities when he joined the Red Devils.
Onana’s arrival at Manchester United came with high expectations, as he was signed for a substantial fee of £47.2 million in the summer transfer window, securing a five-year contract with the option for an additional 12 months at Old Trafford.
However, his recent displays have raised concerns, and he found himself at fault during Manchester United’s disappointing 3-2 home defeat to Galatasaray in the Champions League. Moments after narrowly escaping a missed penalty, Onana was partly responsible for Mauro Icardi’s winning goal, as he found himself stranded in no man’s land.
Earlier in the match, Onana’s loose backpass led to Casemiro’s sending off and a resulting penalty, putting his team in a difficult situation.
Manchester United’s manager, Erik Ten Hag, expressed his support for Onana in a post-match press conference, stating, “I have to talk with more players, but I also have to talk with Andre, of course. I will back him because he’s a great goalkeeper.”
Mark Goldbridge’s Bold Claims about Andre Onana
Mark Goldbridge made some bold predictions when Andre Onana joined Manchester United, suggesting that the goalkeeper would be a “transformative” signing for the club. However, these predictions have yet to be realized based on Onana’s on-field performances.
Speaking on The United Stand YouTube channel at the time of the signing, Goldbridge stated, “What is without doubt is that this is a really good signing.
This will be a transformative signing for Manchester United with Onana; I think he’s got the personality.”
He went on to say, “I do think he’s transformative, and it’s not just about passing out from the back; I think he’s got a lot of really good attributes for a goalkeeper that stand up against the best in the world.”
Despite these initial high expectations, Onana has conceded 18 goals in nine appearances across all competitions. In the Champions League, he has saved only 53.8% of the shots he has faced in his two outings.
Additionally, his passing accuracy in the Galatasaray match was just 57%, raising questions about his ability on the ball, even though he is known for his composure in possession.
With high-profile mistakes against Bayern Munich and Galatasaray, as well as shaky performances against Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers, Onana has faced criticism.
However, he is just one part of Manchester United’s struggles in the 2023/24 season, and fans are hopeful that he can regain his form in the coming weeks and months.