Andre Onana moved to the theatre of dreams last summer for a fee well over £40 million, and since then, he has had his struggles in goal for the Premier League club. Some of his latest mistakes came in his team’s crucial Champions League tie with Galatasaray, as he made two errors that led to goals for the Turkish side in the 3-3 draw.
Onana is short of confidence this season and unlike outfield players, his mistakes have been magnified, as they have often led to the opposition scoring. He will need to improve his performances fast if he is to retain the number one jersey at Old Trafford.
United Out of Europe
Losing a two-goal advantage in Istanbul cost United any further progress in Europe this season. They now must concentrate on finishing in the top four if they are to get back into the Champions League. Erik ten Hag’s side are 5/1 in the sports betting online for a top-four finish this season. If you place a bet with Bwin, you can edit your selection as the season progresses, which is useful if you change your mind.
United have suffered defeats to Newcastle and Bournemouth in December, but they did defeat Chelsea at Old Trafford. They have a busy start to the New Year, as they also begin their FA Cup campaign against Wigan. That competition may be United’s final chance of any silverware this season.
Onana Impressed at Ajax and Inter
United boss ten Hag worked with Onana during his time as Ajax manager. They won three Eredivisie titles together between 2018 and 2022, as well as three domestic cups. In the 2018/19 campaign, Ajax progressed through to the semi-final of the Champions League, before losing to Tottenham through a late goal in the second leg of that tie.
The 28-year-old switched to Inter Milan in the summer of 2022, and he won the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana in that sole season. Onana was praised for his performances in the Champions League for the Italian club. They reached the final in Istanbul where they were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City.
January May Be a Chance for ten Hag to Add A ‘Keeper
Former goalkeeper David De Gea had his struggles in England when he first joined the club from Atletico Madrid. At the time, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson stuck by him, and he went on to become a club legend.
Ten Hag has a big decision to make in January when the transfer window reopens. He may be tempted to sign another goalkeeper to provide Onana with more competition, at the very least. United could make a move for their former ‘keeper De Gea, who remains a free agent after leaving Old Trafford at the end of his contract last summer.
Onana will now have to do all he can to eradicate the mistakes in the final games of the calendar year in 2023 as he looks to get his United career back on track.