Erik ten Hag Defends Andre Onana, Labels Him Second-Best Premier League Goalkeeper

Manchester United’s head coach, Erik ten Hag, has staunchly defended goalkeeper Andre Onana, proclaiming him as the second-best goalkeeper in the Premier League. Despite recent criticism following a challenging Champions League fixture against Galatasaray, where Onana faced blame for all three goals, ten Hag remains unwavering in his support of the Cameroonian shot-stopper.

Onana, 27, arrived at Manchester United from Inter Milan during the summer transfer window. His performances in the Champions League have drawn scrutiny, with 14 goals conceded, while in the Premier League, he has let in 16 goals. Despite these statistics, Onana has secured five clean sheets in England’s top flight, with his last goal conceded dating back to the Manchester derby at the end of October.

Andre Onana
Andre Onana (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Ahead of the upcoming clash against Newcastle United on Saturday evening, ten Hag affirmed Onana’s position as the starting goalkeeper, emphasizing his belief in Onana’s capabilities.

“I really respect them; it’s a difficult team to play, but it’s a good challenge, and I like to play against them. We have to rise to the occasion, be at our best against them because the way they play is very organized,” stated ten Hag when discussing the upcoming match against Newcastle.

Manchester United aims to continue their recent strong form, seeking a fifth win in six Premier League matches. Despite facing challenges in the Champions League and an EFL Cup elimination, the Red Devils have climbed to sixth position in the Premier League, now just four points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa.

With critical fixtures against Newcastle, Chelsea, and Bournemouth on the horizon, Erik ten Hag’s focus remains on maintaining their excellent league form. The team is gearing up for a crucial Champions League fixture against Bayern at Old Trafford on December 12, where a victory is imperative for qualification to the knockout round.

As Manchester United navigates a demanding schedule, ten Hag’s unwavering support for Onana underscores the coach’s confidence in the goalkeeper’s abilities, setting the stage for an intriguing period ahead for the Red Devils.

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