Andre Onana impresses Manchester United teammates and staff with his exemplary leadership
Football journalist Fabrizio Romano wrote in his exclusive CaughtOffside column that Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana has impressed his teammates and staff with his leadership skills. The 27-year-old took full accountability for his mistakes that cost his team a victory.
The Red Devils lost 4-3 against Bayern Munich in the Champions League opening Group A fixture at Allianz Arena. United conceded the first goal of the game in the 28th minute after Onana spilled Leroy Sané’s shot into his net.
The Red Devils have conceded 14 goals in all competitions after playing six games so far this season. The Cameroon International has only managed to keep one clean sheet for his team till now.
Onana volunteered to take the media’s questions after the game where he took complete responsibility for his poor display. Many United fans appreciated the 27-year-old’s choice to acknowledge his role in the loss rather than concealing it.
Romano disclosed in his exclusive CaughtOffside column that Onana’s honesty resonated positively with both his teammates and the staff. He wrote:
“Right after the public interviews, he (Onana) entered the dressing room to speak to the manager, to the coaching staff and especially to his team-mates. He said sorry to everyone in the dressing room, taking responsibility for his bad performance and to show his leadership qualities once again, because it’s not easy to do these kinds of things.”
United signed Onana from Inter Milan this summer. The new No 1 goalkeeper at Old Trafford replaced United legend David De Gea.
United have a rich history of having long-term goalkeepers who were also locker-room leaders at the club. Onana’s predecessors, De Gea and Edwin van der Sar established a lasting legacy at the club, earning renown for their imposing presence in the squad and their notable leadership skills.
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We hope that Onana can follow in their footsteps and become a reliable figure in the team for years to come. The 27-year-old has shown great leadership skills by accepting his mistakes and holding himself to a higher standard. Onana’s action will hopefully inspire his teammates to assess their role in the club’s poor form and rectify it.