Wed. Jun 19th, 2024

Erik ten Hag has defended Andre Onana after the Manchester United goalkeeper’s most up-to-date pricey errors, describing his No 1 as a “sturdy character” who will address the stress.

Onana made two vital errors within the 3-3 Champions League draw with Galatasaray on Wednesday which may value United a spot within the knockout stage of the competitors.

The Cameroon worldwide – signed from Inter Milan for £47.2m to switch David De Gea in the summertime – additionally dedicated a howler at Bayern Munich in September and one other in United’s first assembly with Galatasaray at Outdated Trafford a fortnight later.

Regardless of serving to Inter to a Champions League remaining earlier than his big-money transfer to England, Onana nonetheless has a statistical historical past of underperforming on the European stage – having made seven errors resulting in objectives within the competitors since 2018/19 – greater than some other stopper.

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The Soccer Present crew focus on whether or not Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag may look to switch Andre Onana after extra errors of their Champions League match in opposition to Galatasaray

Nevertheless, within the Premier League, no goalkeeper has stored extra clear sheets than Onana (5) and, talking forward of United’s journey to Newcastle on Saturday evening, Ten Hag insisted his home kind ought to be thought-about when discussing the 27-year-old’s performances.

“Should you analyse his sport nicely you then see he is the second-best goalkeeper within the Premier League based mostly on stats. His anticipated defending objectives is the second-best within the Premier League, so he is doing nicely,” Ten Hag mentioned.

“He is aware of within the Champions League he is made some errors however on the entire, the primary 5 months he is doing notably nicely.

“You will have seen how he reacts to dangerous performances, like he did after the Bayern Munich sport – in opposition to Burnley (a 1-0 win on September 23) he was excellent.

“He is a powerful character, a persona and he’ll take care of it.”

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