Why Manchester United should sign Andre Onana
Manchester United have had a very unusual start to the campaign. They were probably deserved winners against Chelsea in their first game of the season but the scoreline flattered them.
However, they’ve come out as the dominant side in the next couple of games but missed penalties and a massive goalkeeping error has pushed them back from what could’ve been a perfect start to the campaign.
They’ve trimmed down their squad massively, by getting a lot of players off the books since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival at the club, which is definitely the right move but they’ll need to reinvest that money into beefing up that squad soon.
They have players at the end of their contracts in Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young, who will need replacing from within the academy or through the transfer window.
Another player, who will definitely be a big question mark is Spaniard David De Gea, who is also into his final year at the club after serving them for the best part of the decade and being one of the few shining lights.
However, he has been uncharacteristically poor since last year’s world cup and his fumble against Crystal Palace in game week 3 summed it up.
The role of a goalkeeper has changed in recent years with an emphasis being placed on coming off your line and helping with the distribution like the 11th outfield player.
One player who fits this idea – and would suit what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for – perfectly is Ajax No. 1 Andre Onana. The Cameroonian international was linked with a move in the summer and is perfect in so many ways.
He’s only 23 but has great experience playing against the best of Europe and has proved himself to be an extremely commanding player in his 18-yard-box, which has never been one of De Gea’s strengths.
He’s extremely composed and press resistant like Manchester City’s Ederson and Barcelona’s Marc Andre Ter Stegen. He’s also extremely strong and can catch balls in the air with ease.
He’s also very quick at getting off his line, which will allow United to play a higher line and of course, is a very reliable shot-stopper, who is only going to get better over time.
United will be making the same mistake that they made when they offered Wayne Rooney a massive contract by giving David De Gea a big contract when his performances recently haven’t been worth that.
If they are serious about their rebuild, Onana would be a massive turning point in the way that they play.