ANDRE ONANA may face a potential ban from featuring for Manchester United due to an obscure FIFA regulation.
The current Manchester United goalkeeper, expected to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon in January, had retired from international duty after leaving the team during the previous World Cup.
However, he has since reconciled with manager Rigobert Song and returned to the squad.
Onana might contemplate abstaining from the Afcon to concentrate on improving his form with United, which has suffered since his arrival.
His recent error against Galatasaray, leading to a comeback in the 3-3 draw, highlights this struggle.
If Cameroon insists on his participation and Onana declines, FIFA regulations could potentially bar the goalkeeper from representing Manchester United.
According to the official FIFA statement: “A player who has been summoned by his association for one of its representative teams is, unless otherwise agreed by the relevant association, not entitled to play for the club with which he is registered during the period for which he has been released or should have been released pursuant to the provisions of this annex, plus an additional period of five days.”
If Onana participates in Afcon from January 13 to February 11, he could potentially miss six games for Manchester United.
The goalkeeper, who has struggled since his summer transfer, is under scrutiny, with Premier League legend Ruud Gullit suggesting that Erik ten Hag may need to start questioning his performance.
Speaking on beIN Sports, the Ruud Gullit said: “He knows these are horrible mistakes, he knows that. He’s going to talk in private with his goalkeeper and ask what the hell are you doing, what is going on?”
“Maybe he has to make a decision, you never know. The problem is you want to give your goalkeeper, as much as you can, confidence.”
“Not immediately after a mistake get out. With goalkeepers it is hard. He was in a difficult situation.
“He saved them once but I feel for him I know he’s a good goalkeeper but he cost them a lot of games.”