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Pep Guardiola explains Andre Onana’s biggest strength as Man United face race against time with medical booked



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Manchester United are closing in on their second signing of the summer transfer window as Andre Onana is set to be reunited with Erik ten Hag.

The pair worked together for five years at Ajax and the Dutchman was keen to bring in his former No.1 to replace the departed David de Gea.

Onana’s ability on the ball will be key to United as they continue to adjust their play-style to a more possession-dominant one.

His attributes with the ball at his feet have been praised by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who knows better than anyone the importance of this mould of goalkeeper in the modern game.

The Spanish manager controversially sold Joe Hart in his first transfer window at the Etihad Stadium and brought in Claudio Bravo, who was eventually replaced the following year by Ederson, who remains between the sticks at United’s rivals now.

Before his Champions League final encounter against Onana’s Inter Milan in June, the City boss was keen to point out his role in Inter’s possession game.

“For the way they play, with the high press, Onana is an exceptional goalkeeper to take the position to build-up. Really, really good,” said Guardiola.

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United will be hoping to have the shot-stopper signed in time to depart with the squad for their tour of the United States so that adjustments can start.

However, it will likely be a tight schedule with The Reds heading across to America on Wednesday evening following their game against Lyon in Edinburgh.

Reports from Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail have stated that the plan is for Onana to travel to Manchester on Tuesday to undergo a medical and sign his contracts.

It was added that the club have already begun processing his visa so he can play on the four-match tour in the United States.

United will face up against Premier League rivals Arsenal first up, before facing Wrexham, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund before returning to the United Kingdom for two final friendlies.

Those will come against RC Lens, who finished second in Ligue 1 last term, and Athletic Bilbao.