Former Premier League goalkeeper David James is a big fan of Manchester United’s Andre Onana and claims that the shot-stopper is better than both of Arsenal’s options.
James, 53, played for the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, and Portsmouth across a staggering 26-year career between the sticks.
Onana has been one of the few bright sparks for The Reds in their opening two Premier League fixtures and James was excited to see the shot-stopper come to England.
“I’m a massive fan,” he admitted when talking to ggrecon. “When Manchester United signed him, I was quietly buzzing and that’s not me saying that I want Manchester United to win anything.
“Having followed him closely last season in the Champions League, I believed this was a goalkeeper that should be playing for one of the top teams in the Premier League, and with plenty of question marks over David de Gea last season, it just made perfect sense for Manchester United to bring André Onana in.”
Onana did, however, almost give away a penalty against Wolves during United’s 1-0 win. In the last minutes, he mistimed his attempted cross-claim and clattered into the Wolves man.
He was fortunate but Onana also took full responsibility following the game, showing his character, and James does not believe the mistake matters in the grand scheme of things.
In fact, the former goalkeeper believes that United’s no.24 is better than both of Arsenal’s goalkeepers and that he will make The Reds a better team.
“The penalty incident against Wolves doesn’t really matter because he did what he did and he didn’t get punished for it. That’s not his fault. We talk about the David Raya and Aaron Ramsdale situation at Arsenal and Onana is better than both of them,” added James.
“He should, and could be, Manchester United’s outlet with his distribution. It wouldn’t even surprise me if he gets an assist this season. It almost looks as if Manchester United weren’t ready for his aerial dominance, coming out and winning balls.
“I believe André Onana will arguably make Manchester United a better team. If they don’t improve, then it has never been the goalkeeper’s issue, it’s an issue with Manchester United’s outfield.”
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