Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag praised goalkeeper Andre Onana, considering him the second-best goalkeeper in the English Premier League this season.
The Dutch coach supported his claim by citing statistics and Onana’s performance since he joined the club in the summer. Despite Onana facing criticism for errors in a recent match against Galatasaray, leaving United in a precarious Champions League position, Ten Hag defended his No. 1 ahead of their upcoming game against Newcastle on Saturday.
“If you analyse it well then you see he is the second-best goalkeeper in the Premier League based on statistics,” Ten Hag said.
“His expected preventing goals is second best in the Premier League. He’s doing well. He knows that in the Champions League he has made some mistakes but overall in the first five months he has done well.”
Onana currently holds the second position in the Premier League for saves, save percentage, and goals prevented. However, according to the Telegraph, in the Champions League, he ranks eighth, 27th, and 31st respectively in these same categories.
Despite gifting Bayern Munich a goal in United’s defeat in Germany in September, Ten Hag was pleased with Onana’s reaction against Burnley. He anticipates a similar response from his goalkeeper in the upcoming match against Newcastle.
Asked about Onana’s confidence, Ten Hag said: “You know also. Because you have seen how he is reacting to a bad performance, like after Munich at Burnley, he was outstanding. He is a strong character, he is a personality and he will deal with it.”
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