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Man Utd goalkeeper Radek Vitek reveals important advice he received from André Onana



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Manchester United goalkeeper Radek Vitek has revealed an important piece of advice that he received from André Onana before he moved on loan to Accrington Stanley.

Vitek, 20, moved to the League Two side on loan in the January transfer window to continue his development. He kept three clean sheets in his first four games but has experienced some difficulties since then.

The shot-stopper was part of the 2022 FA Youth Cup winning side, which included the likes of Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo.

Before his loan move, Vitek was regularly in the first-team setup at Carrington and even made several appearances on the bench for Erik ten Hag’s side.

He was an unused substitute in Champions League fixtures against Bayern Munich and Galatasaray, as well as the away fixture against Tottenham at the start of the Premier League season.

Speaking recently in an interview with Sport, the 20-year-old explained the advice that he has received from Onana, who joined United at the beginning of the season.

“He is excellent in footwork. He always told me not to be afraid to play, even if I make a mistake sometimes,” Vitek stated. “He encouraged me to be self-confident, not to make a big deal out of anything and to move on. Everyone makes mistakes, even the best in the world.”

The Cameroon goalkeeper had his difficulties when adapting to life at United, particularly in the Champions League, but he has since taken positive strides and has been one of the club’s best players in recent months.

Speaking on those issues, his fellow shot-stopper experienced, Vitek added: “Every time you come to a new environment, you have to settle in, get used to new teammates, the style of play, everything. It always takes a while. 

“Plus you’re at Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world. When things go wrong, the fans come after you. At that moment, you have to stay calm. 

“André showed that he is very strong in his head, he learned his lesson. He has been performing excellently lately. Let’s hope it gets better and better.”