UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Manchester United goalkeeper André Onana requests to speak to the media after Bayern Munich mistake
The Red Devils lost 4-3 at Allianz Arena in the UEFA Champions League, with Onana gifting the opening goal to Leroy Sané.
Things are not going well for Manchester United at the moment and no more so than for goalkeeper André Onana. The Cameroonian joined the Old Trafford outfit for an initial $54 million from Inter Milan in the summer but has struggled to meet expectations in his first few weeks at his new club, culminating in a crucial error in Wednesday’s Champions League group stage game at Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena.
Cameroon goalkeeper concedes all-important opening goal to Bayern attacker Sané
The Red Devils had been marginally the better team in the opening 25 minutes or so and only a crucial interception from Canadian international Alphonso Davies stopped Facundo Pellistri from opening the scoring. However, Onana fumbled Leroy Sané's fairly tame effort into his own net, a big moment in the context of a match in which the Bavarians would take two-goal leads on three separate occasions before going on to win 4-3.
But rather than hide or attempt to make excuses for his error, Onana, who has now conceded 14 goals in five matches, actively sought out a number of different broadcasters to take public responsibility for the role he played in his team’s loss in Germany.
Onana: “We didn’t win today because of me”
His interviews followed a similar pattern, with the former Barcelona academy player tellng UK-based broadcaster TNT Sports the following:
“After my mistake, we lost control of the game. I’m the one who let the team down. The team was very good. I think because of me we didn’t win this game. We have to move on and this is the life of a goalkeeper. We didn’t win today because of me”.
“I have a lot to prove. My start at Manchester United is not so good, not how I want. Today was one of my worst games. It is difficult. We are a very big club and want to win everything. It was a big opportunity for us to bounce back. It’s tough. We have to be together and work hard”.