Gary Neville expressed his criticism of Andre Onana’s performance, highlighting concerns about the goalkeeper’s passing accuracy despite his reputation for skillful play with the ball.
In the 2-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, Manchester United faced challenges, with a late goal from Morgan Gibbs-White securing Forest’s first victory in 29 years.
Neville, speaking on Sky Sports, questioned the 27-year-old Onana, who is set to join Cameroon for the Africa Cup Of Nations, suggesting that his passing abilities may not live up to the acclaim. ”
Onana came with a reputation for being good on the ball, but I just don’t think he is that good on the ball. He is so erratic,” remarked Neville.
Neville specifically pointed out an instance where Onana’s long pass outside the penalty box hit Chris Wood’s head, expressing frustration at the goalkeeper’s decision-making.
While Onana may not be solely responsible for the conceded goals, Neville’s critique raises concerns about the goalkeeper’s performance, especially as he prepares to depart for the mid-season competition with Cameroon.
Altay Bayindir, who has yet to make an appearance for United since joining from Fenerbahce, is likely to step in during Onana’s absence.
Bayindir, a £5 million signing, has reportedly impressed in training, and his upcoming opportunity will be crucial for him to showcase his abilities in goal for Manchester United.