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Manchester United and Erik ten Hag receive boost as Andre Onana ‘impossible’ update emerges



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Manchester United signed Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana earlier this summer to reunite him with his former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag.

Onana, 27, came in to replace the departed David de Gea and has already shown his wide variety of qualities in the short amount of game time so far.

His passing abilities will certainly help The Reds as they look to adjust their style following Ten Hag’s debut season in charge and he’s also shown great shot-stopping capabilities inside his own box.

The Cameroon goalkeeper had not played for his country since the 2022 Qatar World Cup after he left the competition due to a disagreement with the Cameroon head coach Rigobert Song.

This disagreement has since been claimed to be the fault of Samuel Eto, the president of the federation, who was said to have wanted to get rid of Onana at all costs.

Quitting international football would mean that Onana would not miss periods of the club season to take part in the African Cup of Nations. The competition is based during January time, which is known to be one of the busiest periods of the Premier League.

Recent reports have stated that Onana will now once again be part of the Cameroon squad from September, however, the latest updates from The Athletic suggest that this is not the case.

Laurie Whitwell and Mark Critchley reported that sources close to Onana have dismissed claims that he will return to the national team, insisting that it is currently ‘impossible’ for him to return to playing for Cameroon.

Onana has also impressed with his mentality so far at Old Trafford. When asked if United players need to adjust to his style of play, the goalkeeper refuted the idea.

“Listen, I think I’m playing with some of the best defenders in the world because playing for Manchester United is not something easy,” he said. “I think I’m the one who has to adapt because United is a very big club.

“I’m proud to be able to perform here and proud to play alongside these defenders and if something has to change, I think we will do it. At the moment, everything is going right and we just have to continue working like this.”