Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has firmly supported his goalkeeper Andre Onana. The Cameroonian goalkeeper had a poor performance with two blunders in the Champions League match against Galatasaray, but according to Ten Hag, Onana is the second-best goalkeeper in the Premier League.
The progress of the English record champion hangs by a thread after United, partly due to Onana's blunders, could only manage a draw in Istanbul. However, Ten Hag continues to support his goalkeeper. "When you analyze it, you will see that he is the second-best goalkeeper in the Premier League based on statistics.
There is only one goalkeeper who prevents more expected goals than he does." The number one in that ranking is, by the way, Thomas Kaminski, the goalkeeper of the lower-ranked team Luton Town.
Ten Hag doesn't close his eyes to reality on the press conference the day before the tough away game at Newcastle. "He is doing well, but he also knows that he made a few mistakes in the Champions League. But all in all, he has done very well in the first five months. You can also see how he reacts to setbacks. After the match against Bayern Munich, he was great against Burnley. He has a strong character."
It seems likely that Onana will be back in goal at St. James' Park for the challenging match against The Magpies, who won 0-3 at Old Trafford last month in the League Cup. Ten Hag says, "I respect them a lot. They are a tough opponent, but it's a nice challenge for us. We will have to be at our best."