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Andre Onana Lobbed From Halfway Line On Old Trafford Debut

Andre Onana Lobbed From Halfway Line On Old Trafford Debut
By James Fenton Updated
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Andre Onana made his Old Trafford debut on Saturday afternoon, but things didn't exactly go to plan for Manchester United's new goalkeeper.

The afternoon had started positively for Erik ten Hag and the Red Devils faithful, with new signing Rasmus Hojland unveiled to a rapturous reception before kick-off.

Ten Hag named a strong starting XI as well, meaning that those at Old Trafford for the pre-season friendly against Lens looked to be getting their money's worth.

Andre Onana lobbed from halfway

After just 23 minutes though, a loose ball from Diogo Dalot led to Florian Sotoca trying his luck from inside the centre circle, with Onana standing at the edge of his box.

Despite his frantic attempts, the Cameroon international couldn't make it back in time to keep the ball out of the goal, as it looped in from high above his head.

An image of Onana sitting down in the net having just been lobbed is not what any United fan wanted to see on his home debut, but rival supporters grasped the opportunity to declare that the 27-year-old is "in the mud" before his Red Devils career has even begun.

Andre Onana style of play


Anyone who has previously watched Onana in action will know that he often acts as a sweeper-keeper, sitting far away from his goal, as his defence plays a high line.


This style is far removed from that of previous United incumbent David De Gea, who for all his fine shot-stopping abilities, was extremely uncomfortable whenever he ventured outside the six-yard box.

Man United fans on Twitter are reluctant to criticise their shiny new signing though, with many arguing that Dalot's poor pass was the reason for the goal, and it would be hard to disagree.

However, given how shaky United's defence can be at times, Onana may have just learned a harsh lesson about coming out so far in the future.


Man United recover after Onana mistake

Overall, it wasn't a terrible afternoon for Ten Hag's side, with goals from Marcus Rashford, Antony, and Casemiro turning things around in the second half.

There was another viral moment early on though, when Onana's fellow new signing Mason Mount kicked the ball against his other foot with an open goal in front of him.

In other news, United's strong line-up at Old Trafford today indicates that many stars may be left at home for Sunday's clash with Athletic Bilbao at the Aviva Stadium, something which may disappoint ticket-holders in Dublin.


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