Andre Onana in action against Liverpool

Onana keen for Reds to raise standards

Monday 18 December 2023 08:00

Andre Onana became the first goalkeeper to prevent Liverpool from scoring since April, in Sunday's goalless draw at Anfield.

United were defiant and resolute in keeping a clean sheet on Merseyside, as our no.24 made eight saves to earn his sixth Premier League shut-out of the campaign - the joint most by a goalkeeper in the division, along with Everton’s Jordan Pickford.

But despite the creditable result, Onana insisted the team needed to do more to come away with the desired outcome of three points.

“We are Manchester United, we are one of the biggest clubs in the world and, against every opponent we play, we want to win,” Andre told MUTV.

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“We got one point, we fight together, we show a lot of character, a lot of personality but it's not enough. We have to try to win the game. Unfortunately we didn't. We have to put the standard higher. Doesn't matter who we play, we have to go to win.”

The Cameroon international played at Anfield in front of fans for the first time in his career but handled the experience and the occasion well.

“I’m [a] Manchester United goalkeeper so you have to be ready for everything,” Andre explained.

“I’m used to playing big games with high intensity, so that's why they brought me here.

“It was a nice game for us to play. We face a very good opponent, but we show we are good players. We are a big club. That's why we are going back with the point.”

Onana completed 15 long passes in the game, including a raking ball to Antony which started a move which could have led to a goal.

But when asked if it was the perfect performance from a goalkeeper, Onana was keen to focus on how United could improve as we head into the festive period.

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“I will say no because the most important thing is the three points,” he said. “You know when you come to Anfield, it will be great going back home with the three points. But like I said, if you have the clean sheet it’s good but the most important thing is to win the game.

“It was a tough game of course, but being a part of this big club, you must win. We had some, not too many, chances but we couldn't score.

“So now, ahead of getting ready for the coming games, we have to look forward because it's not enough. We have to do much more.”