Andrè Onana has been blasted for his poor Manchester United performances, with Erik ten Hag’s club struggling.
Erik ten Hag‘s squad have lost six of their 10 fixtures so far this season across all competitions, conceding 18 goals in the process – it is the worst start to a campaign Manchester United have had in over 30 years.
One significant change that is drawing criticism is the signing of new goalkeeper Andrè Onana, who has played in every fixture so far – many feel that he has not adjusted properly to life at Old Trafford and his drastic change in style from David de Gea is causing problems.
This is, of course, harsh, as there are multiple other factors that are causing problems, such as Ten Hag’s injury crisis and a drop in the form of players such as Casemiro.
Ex-United defender Paul Parker, however, feels that Andrè Onana’s ball-playing abilities do not warrant him starting games, remarking that if he was really good enough, he would be a midfielder instead of a goalkeeper.
“I keep hearing things about how good a passer he is. People say that he can kick and pass the ball, but that’s not the important thing as a goalkeeper,” Parker told BettingExpert.
“I don’t care about how good he is with his feet. He needs to make saves, and he is not doing that. If he was that good with his feet, why is he not an outfield player then?
“His job is to make saves and to make the right decision when he has the ball, and he made another big, big mistake against Galatasaray.”
Further to this, Parker also compared Onana to Liverpool’s Alisson and Manchester City‘s Ederson, who have long established themselves as two of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League – especially with their feet.
“Yeah, Alisson and Ederson have done it as well, but their save percentage is so much better than Onana’s. When the opponent has a shot on target, it’s always a worry if he will save it or not.
“The shots are going through his hands or underneath him, and I just don’t think he is a natural goalkeeper.
“I hope he gets better but at the moment, he is costing a lot, and I’m not a big fan of him. Man United have conceded 20 goals this season, and if David De Gea was the goalkeeper, the number would have been under 10, for sure.
“All the great Manchester United sides had ten outfield players that could play the ball. They didn’t need a goalkeeper to do that. Peter Schmeichel was great with his feet, but his legacy is all about his ability to save balls. That’s how it works for a goalkeeper, and Onana was definitely not a necessary buy to make.”
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