Andrè Onana has had a mixed start to life as Manchester United’s new goalkeeper, committing several errors alongside good performances.
Manchester United paid a fee of £43 million for Andrè Onana during the most recent summer transfer window, with Erik ten Hag keen to bring the player in to replace the outgoing David de Gea, who left the club for free at the end of June.
Old Trafford life for Onana has seen the player make multiple errors leading to goals, however, he recently redeemed himself by making a 90+8th minute save against Copenhagen to save the club’s 1-0 victory in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
Onana has endured a lot of pressure in his opening months as United’s new shot-stopper, and his personal goalkeeping coach Yvan Castillo has spoken about the pressure and Onana’s subsequent reaction.
“Logically, when you receive a call like the one from Manchester United, to play in the Premier League and continue at the highest level, you get excited. But I repeat that he is grateful and always follows with affection the teams he played for, Barcelona, Ajax and Inter.
“André is a winner with a very strong character. The first thing he had in mind was to work harder.”
Castillo added that Onana is “a great professional and from the first moment he focused on how to continue to improve by training even harder” when asked if anything has changed with his training after being subjected to criticism and pressure.
“On Tuesday (against Copenhagen) we saw the André we are used to, decisive for his team, in his best version. He has been working very hard for many years, he is prepared for this type of match in such a demanding competition like this.”
Manchester United next face cross-town rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford in the Manchester derby, kicking off on Sunday afternoon.
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