Andre Onana fears losing first spot at Manchester United if he leaves for AFCON with Cameroon
Andre Onana will represent Cameroon in AFCON 2024
André Onana worries that he might not start for Manchester United as their first-choice custodian if he participates in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Cameroonian may miss four Premier League games if he is picked up for the competition, which takes place in Ivory Coast from January 13 to February 11. After a conflict with Cameroon’s manager, Rigobert Song, during the 2022 World Cup, Onana resigned from the national team, but he subsequently made himself accessible.
In Wednesday’s 3-3 Champions League match between United and Galatasaray, Onana was responsible for two of the team’s goals. Despite having participated in every United game this campaign, and even the Carabao Cup, he is under increasing criticism following recent errors.
Altay Bayindir, a 25-year-old who was acquired by United from Fenerbahce in the summer to serve as Onana’s his replacement, will have the chance to impress Erik ten Hag should Onana qualify for the Afcon. The backup goalie of choice is Tom Heaton.
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“We are very pleased with the goalkeeper group,” Ten Hag said. “André, Altay, Tom, as a group they do really well, they have good performances and they have to push each other. Altay, he gets used to the Premier League, he gets used to European football – which is tough when you’re coming from Turkey. But we are very pleased with that process, he’s doing very well. He has to be patient, but if he works well, if he keeps his progress, he will get his chances and then he has to take this.”
Regarding Onana’s mistakes against Galatasaray, Bruno Fernandes, the captain of United, stated:
“Onana knows how to manage these moments – it has happened in the past already. It happens. He knows he needs to do better as every one of us needed to do better for us to leave here with a good result. It’s not only because of him that we leave with a bad result, but everyone should be accountable for their responsibilities. I take my responsibility, we have to get better.”
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