The choice of Manchester United to replace the emblematic goalkeeper David De Gea, who left after the end of his contract, is not unanimous within the club. André Onana, who arrived this summer from Inter Milan for a sum of 52 million euros, was harshly criticized by a Red Devils legend who already regrets the departure of De Gea.
In just four Premier League matches, Onana has conceded 7 goals, including three on Matchday 4 against Arsenal. Former Manchester United player Paul Parker has expressed his doubts about the Cameroonian goalkeeper’s performance. In an interview with Tribalfootball, Parker felt that the Indomitable Lion fell short of the Spanish goalkeeper.
“ I can’t say I don’t like André Onana, because I don’t. However, if we could go back in time, I would still stick with David de Gea. In my opinion he is a better goalkeeper “, said the former England defender.
Parker, however, recognized Onana’s qualities, especially his kicking game: “ Of course, this doesn’t make Onana a bad goalkeeper. He is a good goalkeeper and has certainly improved his game since his arrival. He can be valuable on counter-attacks and in situations where Manchester United need to make long clearances to Marcus Rashford or Rasmus Hojlund. »
Nevertheless, he expressed the wish to see the ex-Inter Milan goalkeeper make more spectacular saves: “ Sometimes I feel like he’s a TV goalie who makes easy saves seem harder than they really are. But we’ve only played four games in the Premier League, and he will definitely improve. So don’t throw stones at him right away. »
Paul Parker also highlighted the pressure on André Onana of being constantly compared to David De Gea, who is considered one of the best goalkeepers in Manchester United’s history. This comparison, he concluded, is not a light pressure to bear for the Cameroonian goalkeeper.