Andre Onana: Manchester United Fans Ask Club to Sign Former Ajax Goalkeeper to Replace de Gea

Andre Onana: Manchester United Fans Ask Club to Sign Former Ajax Goalkeeper to Replace de Gea

Elijah Odetokun
updated at June 18, 2023 at 8:50 AM
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  • David De Gea could be set for an exit at Manchester United after he was put on the released list
  • Contract talks between the club and the Spanish goalkeeper have not gone smoothly
  • Fans have picked Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana as his successor

Manchester United fans want Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana to be the club’s number 1 next season even if long-term starter David De Gea renews his contract.

Onana is linked with a move away from Inter Milan after just one season in Italy, having joined on a free transfer after opting not to renew his Ajax contract.

He enjoyed a stellar relationship with current United boss Erik ten Hag when the two worked together at Ajax and will have no issue adapting to his philosophy.

Andre Onana, Erling Haaland, Manchester City, Inter Milan, UEFA Champions League final, Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey.
Andre Onana dribbles out of his defence during the Champions League final. Photo by Alex Livesey.
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The Red Devils are in contract extension talks with current goalkeeper De Gea but wage cut and his starting berth not guaranteed next season are holding off negotiations. According to talkSPORT, he could stay despite being on the released list.

United fans clamour for Onana

The Spaniard was specifically hammered for his distribution and inability to claim crosses which fans feel is detrimental to ten Hag’s philosophy of building from the back.

Onana, in this regard, is seen as one of the best in the world. The compilation of his sweeper goalkeeper actions has gone viral on Twitter, which got Reds fans clamouring for him.

@rick_awb wrote:

''This would help our midfield.''

@UTDRodney tweeted:

''Basically like having an Iniesta in goal.''

@BrudheBrudhe wrote:

''Why can’t he just move to Midfield? Isn’t player like John Stones have changed positions of late.''

@LaurenceConnor wrote:

''The future of goalkeeping.''

@___lase added:

''I’ve seen enough, bring him in.''

Evening Standard reports that Chelsea have given United the advantage by pulling out of negotiations with Inter, but Daily Star claims the Red Devils will instead launch a bid for England number 1 Jordan Pickford.

McCarthy makes De Gea admission

Sports Brief reported that Manchester United forwards trainer Benni McCarthy has warned the club about losing David De Gea for free this summer.

The South African branded the Spaniard as the best in the world, and losing such a character for free is not something any club should do.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.