Man United Goalkeeper Andre Onana Takes Responsibility for Champions League Loss against Bayern Munich:
Leroy Sane opened the scoring for Bayern midway through the first half as his low effort from the edge of the penalty area somehow found its way under Onana, who has now conceded 14 goals in his first six games as United’s goalkeeper.
After the game, Onana is understood to have specifically requested a televised interview in which he took responsibility for his error and admitted he has not been good enough so far this season.
He told TNT Sports: “It’s difficult to lose this way as we started very good but after my mistake we lost control of the game.
“It’s a difficult situation for us, and me, as I let the team down. The team was really good but it was because of me we didn’t win this game. I’m happy for the work of the team but we have to move on – that is the life of a goalkeeper. We didn’t win today because of me.
“Their first shot on target, I made a mistake, so the team went down because of that mistake. I have to learn, be strong and move on although it’s not an easy situation. I’m happy with the comeback of the team, we were fighting until the end.
“I have a lot to prove. My start in Manchester has not been good or how I want. The way I played today was one of my worst games.
“It’s difficult as we are a big club who wants to win everything. It was a good opportunity to bounce back after the situation we are facing – it’s a tough time, we have to be together and continue to work hard.”
Andre Onana later added to CBS Sports: “Mistakes are part of life as a goalkeeper. I have to assume the responsibility, we lost this game because of me. S**t happens in life, but I think that mistake cost us the victory.”
United captain Bruno Fernandes was quick to defend his goalkeeper, insisting every player on the team was to blame for the loss.
“Andre’s a great goalkeeper,” Fernandes said. “He will keep giving us a lot of points, a lot of saves.
“He doesn’t have to take blame for anything, we have to take the blame as a team, we’re going to go through this moment together because we’re strong as a team.”
Onana and United are back in action on Saturday with a trip to Burnley and, after facing Crystal Palace the following weekend, will resume their Champions League campaign with a visit from Galatasaray.
Andre Onana’s mistake was a major turning point in the game, and it is commendable that he has taken full responsibility for it. It is also clear that his teammates and manager support him, and that he is still trusted as the club’s number one goalkeeper.
However, Onana’s poor start to the season is a concern for United. He has now conceded 14 goals in his first six games, and he has made a number of high-profile errors.
It is important to remember that Onana is still a relatively young goalkeeper, and he has the potential to be one of the best in the world. However, he needs to start performing more consistently if he wants to keep his place in the United team.
- United have now lost eight of their last 12 games away from home in all competitions.
- Former United midfielder Paul Scholes says that the team has a “soft underbelly” and that they “seem to collapse a bit when things are going wrong”.
- Onana has conceded 14 goals in his first six games as United’s goalkeeper.
- Onana is still a relatively young goalkeeper, and he has the potential to be one of the best in the world.
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