- Erik Ten Hag says he believes Andre Onana will be fine
- Onana has made more errors leading to goal than any other keeper in the UEFA Champions League this season but he has also made more saves and clean sheet than any other Premier League keeper
Manchester United FC manager, Erik Ten Hag says his Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana Onana will be fine amidst his issues especially in the UEFA Champions League since his arrival at the club.
The Dutch manager made the revelation in the pre-match conference on Friday, reaffirming his confidence in the former Ajax Amsterdam ahead of their baptism of fire clash away to Newcastle United FC.
“𝐈 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐞, he’ll deal with it. If you analyse it well then you see he is the second-best goalkeeper in the Premier League based on stats.
“He is expected preventing goals is second best in the Premier League. He’s doing well in my opinion”.
Though 27-year-old has done well in the English Premier League, he conceded three goals against Galatasaray to make it 13 goals in his opening five goals at the club.
The former Inter Milan man was faulty in all three goals Galatasaray scored, including two set-piece goals scored by Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech.
“He knows that in the Champions League he has made some mistakes but all over the five months he’s done well.
“For sure Onana is a strong character, he is a personality and he will deal with this situation — I’m sure. You have seen how he is reacting on a bad performance like in Munich… at Burnley he was outstanding”.
Manchester United splashed £47.2m to get Onana from Inter Milan in the summer as replacement for David de Gea, who left at the end of his contract.
Opta stats have it that Onana has made four errors leading to shots in this season’s Champions League, one more than any other goalkeeper.
His passing range has been his major positive in Manchester. 34 line-breaking passes is the third most among all goalkeepers in the Champions League, indicating Ten Hag’s desire to bring in a ball-playing goalkeeper.
The cameras will be on the one-time Barcelona B netminder tonight at the St James’ Park as he goes out in search of his sixth Premier League clean sheet.
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