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André Onana’s lastest decision shows Manchester United must buy another goalkeeper



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Manchester United’s André Onana will return to the Cameroon national squad after initially quitting the side during the 2022 World Cup.

André Onana is expected to return to the side for the September internationals after a disagreement with coach Rigobert Song during the 2022 World Cup saw the goalkeeper quit the side.

However, the blame for this dispute was since handed over to Samuel Eto’o, the president of the federation, who was said to have wanted to get rid of Onana at all costs.

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And now, with Onana returning to the squad, it is likely that the issue has been resolved, or at least that the two parties have come to a compromise.

However, this may throw a big spanner in the works for Manchester United, who will now need to consider signing a second goalkeeper in order to find appropriate cover for Onana.

The 2023 AFCON tournament is due to start on 13 January 2024 and does not conclude until 11 February that year – meaning that there could be a whole month period where Onana is unavailable for selection.

With Dean Henderson lining up a move to Crystal Palace, United are said to be targeting Turkey and Fenerbahçe goalkeeper Altay Bayındır, who is said to have now passed his medical checks.

United performed a medical assessment on the player in Greece on Monday in order to check for injuries, and are said to be close to paying the release clause for the goalkeeper – but they will need to get him in the squad soon.

Tom Heaton, the current third-choice goalkeeper at the club, is not sufficient backup for Onana, which further emphasises how important Bayındır is as a signing.