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Manchester Utd Made An ‘Error’ Replacing De Gea With Onana

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Manchester United legend Lee Sharpe says it was an ‘error’ letting David de Gea go and says Andre Onana should have been a deputy for the Spaniard.

Cameroon international Onana had a horror show in United’s 3-3 Champions League draw with Galatasaray in Istanbul on Wednesday. The stopper was arguably at fault for both of Hakim Ziyech’s goals and since 2018/19 he has made the most errors (seven) leading to opposition goals by goalkeepers in the Champions League.

The 27-year-old has made a number of mistakes this season on top of Wednesday’s night game, and that has led Sharpe to say it may have been the wrong call letting De Gea run out his contract this summer.

When asked about the club’s decision to not renew De Gea’s contract, Sharpe told 888sport: “It’s certainly looking like an error now.

It was a bit weird the way they shuffled De Gea the door – I know he made a couple of high-profile mistakes last season, but he was so consistent in the time that he was there.

He would keep United in games and win them matches by himself, so it was a little bit disappointing the way they let him go. “It’s always a big risk bringing in someone who doesn’t know the Premier League to be your first-choice goalkeeper.

In hindsight, it may have been better to keep De Gea for another year and have Andre Onana as an understudy to let him get used to the atmosphere and expectations, because he’s certainly costing the team points at the moment.

“It’s hard as well when you’re an outfield player and you’re running your socks off trying to get a result, and the goalkeeper is throwing away goals every now and again.

 It makes it very frustrating and very difficult. He’s a big character, so let’s hope the mistakes calm down and he learns from this and uses it as experience.”

De Gea, who is still a free agent, ended his 12-year association with United last summer, with the Red Devils favouring then Inter Milan stopper Onana as someone who could play out from the back better. However, he has not yet resembled much of an upgrade on the 33-year-old. Onana cost an initial fee of €51 million (£44m/$57m) but he has proven to be something of a flop so far as their Champions League chances hang in the balance.

United are back in Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to Newcastle United. Incidentally, if the Red Devils fail to beat Bayern Munich in their final Champions League match and either Galatasaray and Copenhagen don’t draw their match, they will exit the competition.


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