Onana reveals defensive communication

Sunday 10 March 2024 08:00

Andre Onana says being a Manchester United player week in, week out represents a huge honour to him as a goalkeeper.

Performing well across the 90 minutes to post an eighth Premier League clean sheet of the season against Everton on Saturday, the former Internazionale man has, by his own omission, taken time to settle.

With a chance to push until the end to the season coming up for Erik ten Hag's side, Onana hopes his performances can provide a positive springboard as our quest for a top-four spot on continues.
Onana: We were solid in defence Video

Onana: We were solid in defence

You'll love this post-match interview with Andre, as he talks sacrifices, clean sheets and languages...

"I feel very good and happy for the victory," he told MUTV's Liam Bradford.

"It was an important game for us and every game is important for us at the moment.

"[They are all] like a final. I'm happy and [we were] solid in defence, we always had to be brave because we faced a really good opponent.

"Especially in the first half, we had to start our attacks from the back and that is what we did and I am happy for the goals. Now we must get ready for the coming games."

With Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans in front of him in defence, Andre has had to help chaperone many different partnership across an injury-hit campaign for United.

Providing an insight into his dressing-room communications, the 27-year-old says he often has to swap between many different languages to build relationships with his Reds team-mates.
"It is very important to be able to speak with every guy, like, for example, when I speak with Licha [Lisandro Martinez], I speak in Spanish," explained the Cameroon international.

"It is good to speak so many because then, with Raphael [Varane], I speak in French.

"Sometimes, I then make mistakes because I then speak French with Licha, I have so many languages in my mind!

"It is something that is nice being able to switch between so many languages in the game. But, for me, it is a big honour to be here and to be able to play with these guys."

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The boss was asked about Evans, Garnacho, penalty-takers and more after Saturday’s early kick-off.

With an Emirates FA Cup quarter-final against Liverpool next to come, Andre has hailed the support of our loyal fans, insisting he will forever be indebted to the Old Trafford faithful.

"There is more to come, much more to come, it has taken me seven months to feel good here in Manchester," he added.

"I am also very happy with the support of everyone because it was a tough time at the beginning.

"Now I am here, I receive a lot of support from the fans, from my team-mates, from the club and now I am [feeling] better. I am very happy and I know the future will be brilliant."