Strikers in the Premier League are told to shoot from a distance when Onana is out of position.

Strikers in the Premier League are told to shoot from a distance when Onana is out of position.

A recent report has highlighted a problem in Andre Onana’s performance that other teams have taken advantage of since his move to Manchester United from Inter Milan last summer. 

Despite his impressive season with Inter Milan, Onana has struggled to maintain his form with Manchester United, who paid £51 million for the Cameroon international to replace David de Gea.

In his ten games for Manchester United so far, Onana has conceded a total of 18 goals, including three in their recent Champions League match against Galatasaray.

The report from the Telegraph suggests that opposition teams have noticed a weakness in Onana’s game. 

They have observed that the 27-year-old goalkeeper tends to stay in his goal, making the target larger and giving attackers more options when placing their shots. 

One unnamed club even advised its players to shoot early when facing Onana.

Despite being known for his ability to play the ball well, Onana has also struggled in this aspect during the current season. 

Statistics from Fbref reveal that out of the 245 passes he has attempted (excluding goal kicks), he has only successfully completed 24.9% of them.

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Some of the goals he has conceded this season, such as Mauro Icardi’s chip, Leroy Sane’s shot, and Taiwo Awoniyi’s counter-attack goal, may have been prevented if Onana had positioned himself a few yards from his goal line, which is a common strategy for goalkeepers to make the goal appear smaller to attackers.

In response to Onana’s recent challenges, Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, has come to the defense of the goalkeeper. 

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Ten Hag expressed his support for Onana and indicated that he would continue to back him despite the costly mistakes in the Champions League.

In summary, Andre Onana has faced difficulties adapting to Manchester United, with opposition teams exploiting his tendency to stay in his goal. 

Despite his strong ball-playing skills, he has struggled with passing accuracy this season. Nonetheless, his manager remains supportive and believes in his abilities.

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