Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Andre Onana will make his return to the squad for Thursday’s showdown against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
The Red Devils are gearing up to face Wolves in their upcoming Premier League fixture after Altay Bayindir made his debut in United’s 4-2 triumph over Newport County in the FA Cup fourth round last Sunday.
Onana’s absence from the recent match against Newport County marked the first game he missed since his arrival from Inter Milan last summer, with the 27-year-old goalkeeper representing Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Reflecting on Bayindir’s composed debut, Ten Hag praised the goalkeeper’s performance and hinted at Onana’s inclusion in the lineup against Wolves, stating, “I think it was a composed debut [by Bayindir].
Some good saves, so very composed. I think, overall, he can be happy. I was pleased with his performance. Andre Onana will be back for Thursday.”
Ten Hag also expressed the possibility of assembling the strongest squad available, potentially featuring Onana for the first time during his tenure as manager.
While Onana has yet to fully establish himself, replacing the esteemed David de Gea, his reputation from his time at Inter Milan precedes him.
However, the Cameroonian goalkeeper has faced criticism for errors during his brief spell at United.
Despite Ten Hag’s unwavering support for Onana, the manager must prioritize performance over reputation, considering Bayindir’s commendable display against Newport County.
Bayindir showcased his abilities with a couple of decent saves, remaining unscathed for the goals United conceded.
While he displayed some tentativeness in his distribution, consistent opportunities will likely bolster his confidence.
As Onana returns to the squad, Ten Hag must remain vigilant and prepared to make tough decisions if mistakes persist, ensuring that the €40 million-rated goalkeeper earns his place based on merit.