Ten Hag: Everyone supports Andre

Friday 01 December 2023 22:30

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has backed Andre Onana to stand up to the recent criticism he has faced.

The shotstopper joined United from Internazionale during the summer and has kept five clean sheets in 13 league games this season, with no keeper in the division managing more.

His late heroics against FC Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League ensured a huge three points at Old Trafford last month, although he has had some difficult moments in the competition, including in Istanbul earlier this week.

Erik, however, was full of praise for our no.24 at Carrington earlier on Friday, pointing out his positive Premier League stats and explaining there were few better than in him Europe last term.
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“No, it doesn't help him,” responded the boss, when asked if he had considered taking Andre out of the team.

“I have trust in Tom [Heaton] and Altay [Bayindir], clear. But Andre, you see it once again, [he is] after Alisson in [terms of] preventing the most expected goals from the whole league.

“He is in the Champions League with so much experience, with Ajax and last year at Inter Milan. Last year he was the best keeper in the Champions League after [Manuel] Neuer [of Bayern Munich] and [Real Madrid's Thibaut] Courtois.

“He is a great keeper and he has the potential so we have to work on him, [so] that he is doing that consistently and we will work with him. The manager, the coaches, and also the players they support him.”

The Reds face Eddie Howe's Newcastle United side in the north-east on Saturday night, with kick-off at 20:00 GMT.

Erik reiterated that mistakes would not knock Andre's ability in himself, and the same goes for other members of the squad too.

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“No, but in this dressing room this will not happen,” added Erik, when asked if confidence could be an issue.

“This dressing room is together. Yeah, football is a game of mistakes and everyone can make mistakes but then the team has to bandage [it]. This team has to cover that and so we will operate.

“Of course, no-one is undroppable. That is also clear. We believe and we have a strong belief that he will help us win trophies.”