Erik ten Hag is expressing confidence in goalkeeper Andre Onana’s ability to rebound after his blunder in Manchester United’s Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich, where they fell 4-3 at the Allianz Arena.
Onana allowed Leroy Sane’s seemingly straightforward shot to slip through in the 28th minute, granting Bayern Munich a 1-0 lead, and United conceded another goal just four minutes later.
Despite United narrowing the deficit on three occasions in the second half, they ultimately succumbed to a 4-3 defeat, marking their third consecutive loss and fourth loss in their last five matches.
After the match, Onana requested to speak with the rights holders and took responsibility for his mistake. Ten Hag pledged that the United players would stand behind the £47.2 million signing.
“I believe he demonstrates accountability and exhibits the character required to perform at high levels,” Ten Hag remarked. “However, this extends not only to him, but I believe it pertains to the team’s performance as well.
“So, we need to support him on the field, assist him, but this applies not only to Andre, it applies to all the players on the pitch. They must realize that they are eleven, they are in the same boat, and they must be on the same page to achieve results.
“In football, errors will invariably occur, so let’s not magnify it beyond its scope. As I previously mentioned, it wasn’t just Andre with that goal; it was subsequent to that.
“In the second half, he made crucial saves for us, showcasing his abilities, and he will bounce back for us; he is a vital player.”
United have conceded 14 goals in six games, with Onana letting in stoppable shots in the match against Nottingham Forest last month and the loss to Brighton last week.
The 27-year-old stated on TNT Sports, “It’s tough. We started off well, and after my blunder, we lost control of the game. It’s a challenging situation for me, I let the team down. It’s because of me that we didn’t win this match.
“We must move forward; it’s the life of a goalkeeper. They hadn’t created any opportunities, and the first shot on target, I made the mistake, and the team spiraled downward. We fought until the end, but I have to acknowledge that we didn’t win due to me.
“I still have much to prove (to the United fans). My start hasn’t been great, not as I had hoped. It’s challenging. It was an opportunity to recover, and yeah, it’s difficult, a challenging period, and we must stick together and learn from our mistakes.”