Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag has backed goalkeeper Andre Onana despite errors after a 3-3 draw against Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League at Rams Park, which leaves them at the bottom of Group G.
The Cameroon goalkeeper made two mistakes which helped Galatasaray share the spoils. In fact, the Red Devils were enjoying a 2-0 and 3-1 lead but Onana conceded at both sides of the half-time from Hakim Ziyech’s free kicks.
This is not the first time Onana’s mistake in front of the goal has led to United’s downfall in the ongoing season.
“He is OK,” said Ten Hag.
“As I said, it is not about individuals. Of course, individual errors in football can make a difference and you take responsibility for it, but it is always about the team.
“This team is good, all the players in the squad are good and deserve the best, to play for Manchester United, because they are brilliant players. And that counts for the whole squad.”
United have won a solitary match of the five games they have played in the group stage and thus their chances of qualifying for the round of 16 are hanging by a thin thread.
Ten Hag’s team will need to beat group toppers Bayern Munich at Old Trafford on matchday six and hope Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen draw.
In fact, Manchester United were going strongly against Galatasaray but their defensive errors cost them big.
“I think as a team we played very well,” added Ten Hag.
“We win and lose together. You see the progress in this team. I take many positives from this game. Some mistakes, we played like I want my team to play. It was enjoyable to watch that: proactive, dynamic, brave and we scored great goals.
“Even after we had some setbacks, we kept going until the end and we should have won with big chances from Scott McTominay and Facundo Pellistri. Of course, I am disappointed because we should have managed the game better, we will learn from that.”
Manchester United will next take on Newcastle United on Saturday night at St. James’ Park.