Former England international Chris Sutton has ripped into Manchester United’s decision to replace David De Gea with Andre Onana following the latter’s recent string of disappointing performances.
Since switching Inter Milan for Old Trafford in a £44 million move during the summer transfer window, Onana has been under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
Having played a prominent role in Inter’s run to the Champions League final last season, Onana has failed to replicate his heroics at the Theatre of Dreams.
The 27-year-old emerged as a hot topic of conversation after his performance in Man United’s pulsating 2-1 victory over Brentford at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Bees took the lead through Mathias Jensen, whose effort squirmed underneath Onana’s outstretched hand.
For a significant period in the game, it appeared Onana’s mistake would condemn the Red Devils to yet another defeat and not for the first time.
However, Scott McTominay entered the fray and rescued Man United, bagging a late brace to hand Ten Hag’s side only their third win in their last eight fixtures in all competitions.
While McTominay spared Onana’s blushes, Man United’s victory has done little to shield the Cameroon international from criticism, with Sutton slamming the club for parting ways with De Gea.
Sutton believes Onana is putting pressure on the entire Man United team after a string of high-profile errors and claims the keeper is not good enough to represent the Red Devils.
“I think Onana is okay with his feet, but you have eventually got to use your hands, and I don’t think he’s good enough,” Sutton said (via the Daily Mail).
“When you watch Match of the Day, people like to strip goals back and say ‘there was a mistake in midfield, a misplaced pass, [Victor] Lindelof could have done better.
“The bottom line is, over the years, Manchester United have had great goalkeeper – Peter Schmeichel, even David de Gea.
“De Gea was a far better goalkeeper than Onana, but if Onana just does his job – and it wasn’t a difficult save to make – then there’s not an issue.
“I think he is bringing increased pressure on the whole team, and the truth is he is not good enough for Manchester United, and they have made a major rick [mistake] getting him in.”
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