There’s already talk of a goalkeeper change. His early season struggles have been painful.
“Manchester United are targeting Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, 30,” Spanish outlet Pichajes reported on March 25. The Red Devils are looking for a solution after Andre Onana, 28, failed to live up to expectations.”
It’s a big signing. United paid £50 million for Onana from Inter Milan before the start of the 2023-24 season. David de Gea, 33, a veteran of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, was sold. On the verge of signing a new contract, United changed their mind. De Gea took to social media to express his dissatisfaction with the club’s lack of aesthetic. The club had high hopes for Onana.
He was the choice of manager Eric ten Haag. Onana was Van Gaal’s first-choice goalkeeper at Ajax. At a young age, he was recognized for his outstanding saves and kicking ability. He was seen as a good fit for Ten Haag’s tactics, which rely on short passes from the back to build up.
On the feet, it was as expected. Onana was responsible for United’s buildup at the back with his accurate kicks. He was comparable to Manchester City’s Ederson, 30, who has one of the best kicks in the world. He proved why Van Gaal chose him.
However, he has not been able to fulfill his role as a goalkeeper. Onana has conceded a whopping 14 goals in seven games since joining United. He has only kept two clean sheets, most notably against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), where he conceded an early goal. Onana even took a knee to show his disappointment. Sergio Reguillon, 26, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, was seen consoling Onana.
He hung his head in shame after a subpar performance. In his post-match interview, Onana said, “The team lost because of me. We were playing well and a mistake changed the momentum,” he said, adding, “We have to learn from games like this. I have a lot to prove. Munich was one of the worst matches of my life.”
With Onana struggling, United are looking for a backup plan. According to Pichajes, United are considering a move for Atletico’s veteran goalkeeper 메이저사이트 Oblak. Oblak is considered one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. He is a legend, having kept 193 clean sheets in 398 games for Atletico.
“Oblak recently signed a new contract with Atletico, but he could still leave. Atletico are willing to let Oblak go for an astronomical transfer fee. The minimum transfer fee is expected to be 50 million euros ($71.1 billion).”