Ex-Man Utd star's damning verdict of Onana as Ten Hag decision questioned

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New Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana (Image: Mike Lawrence/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
New Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana (Image: Mike Lawrence/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

Former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke has questioned the decision to sign Andre Onana from Inter Milan, claiming former goalkeeper David de Gea is better and that letting him leave "come back to haunt Man United".

De Gea is currently a free agent, having left Old Trafford after his contract expired and manager Erik ten Hag opted to replace him with Onana. Ten Hag made the decision due to Onana's ability with the ball at his feet, but Yorke has questioned why he did not give an opportunity to academy graduate Dean Henderson instead.

"It's crazy that Chelsea had Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga and still want another goalkeeper," Yorke told OLBG. "We should've let Andre Onana go to Chelsea and Man United should've kept David de Gea and promoted Dean Henderson instead.

"These managers are forgetting the young players, they have to give them a chance. If you're not giving someone who is supposedly England's next big thing in goal when he is waiting in the wings, when will he be promoted?

‌"If it was someone like Marcus Rashford and you kept him in the under-23s, how would you know that he would be as great as he is? If De Gea is the problem, then we should've promoted Henderson.

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"He went and got valuable experience at Nottingham Forest, enough to make him a starter and De Gea would take a more rotated role. I won't sit here and say Onana is 100 per cent better than De Gea. I think back to when I was a young player and trying to get in the team.

"If I went on loan to get experience and worked hard but still didn't get promoted, I would be frustrated. Onana will probably have to adapt to Manchester, the weather and more, when you could have given the young player, who has already adapted, a chance."

Y‌orke went on to warn United they "need to be careful what they wish for" now that De Gea has left, claiming that "Onana is not as good" as the Spaniard. He added: "I've said before that Man United need to be careful what they wish for with losing David de Gea.

Ex-Man Utd star's damning verdict of Onana as Ten Hag decision questionedFormer United star Dwight Yorke has criticised the decision to replace David de Gea with Onana (GETTY)

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"For all the good De Gea has done for Man United, the way his career ended was really bad. I hope this doesn't come back to haunt Man United now they've bought Andre Onana. Be careful what you wish for.

"De Gea is the Golden Glove winner, a high-profile player who has made mistakes, like the rest of us. De Gea winning the Golden Glove is like winning the Golden Boot and being the top scorer at the club but still getting replaced by the football club.

"That does not resonate well with me.‌ In my opinion, Onana is not as good as De Gea and people need to watch him very carefully. I've seen Onana before, the Premier League is a different kettle of fish with how fast the game is and how often you are pressured.

"Onana tries to be an outfield player rather than a goalkeeper sometimes. I will be watching this guy very closely, and the people who have criticised De Gea and wanted him to leave will probably be the ones who will be calling him to come back. I'm hoping that doesn't happen for Man United's sake."

Matthew Cooper

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