UCL: Andre Onana Takes Responsibility for Man Utd’s Defeat to Bayern Munich

UCL: Andre Onana Takes Responsibility for Man Utd’s Defeat to Bayern Munich

Elijah Odetokun
September 21, 2023 at 6:39 AM
  • Manchester United lost their opening UCL game 4-3 away at Bayern Munich
  • Andre Onana was complicit in the opening goal after he spilled Leroy Sane's shot into the net
  • The Cameroonian officially requested to speak to the media after the game

Andre Onana is not a happy man after Manchester United's defeat to Bayern Munich on the opening day of their UEFA Champions League campaign.

United left Allianz Arena with zero points after losing 4-3 to the German champions despite their spirited attempt to make a comeback in the game's closing stages.

Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, Harry Kane, and Mathys Tel got on the scoresheet for Bayern, while Ramsus Hojlund scored his first United goal and Casemiro added two goals.

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Sergio Regulion consoles Andre Onana after the goalkeeper's error against Bayern Munich. Photo by Tom Weller.
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As noted by talkSPORT, Onana was responsible for Bayern's opening goal, which changed the game's direction. He let Sane's shot fly under his arms, an incident that was heavily criticised by fans.

Onana takes responsibility for defeat

The former Inter Milan goalie was downcast immediately after the incident and was helped up by teammate Sergio Regulion. He officially requested to speak to the media after the game and took responsibility.

"I'm the one who let the team down. The team were good, I think because of me we didn't win the game," he said to TNT Sports Football.
"This is the life of a goalkeeper. It was the key point. I have to learn from it, be strong, move on. I have a lot to prove. To be honest, my start in Manchester is not how I want. This was probably my worst game. It's tough, it's a tough time."

The pressure is beginning to build on Onana, who was brought in to replace the departed David de Gea. The early signs suggest that United's goalkeeping problems haven't been solved.

The former Ajax shot-stopper has conceded 14 goals in his opening six games for the Red Devils.

Ferdinand issues warning to Onana

Sports Brief also reported that Man Utd legend, Rio Ferdinand issued a warning to Onana after his howler gifted Bayern Munich the lead last night in the UCL.

Ferdinand applauded Onana's confidence and skills on the ball, but reminded him that as a goalkeeper, his first responsibility is to prevent goals, which he has not entirely done well since moving to Old Trafford.

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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.
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