Andre Onana Accepts Responsibility for Bayern Defeat, While Erik ten Hag Calls for Greater Resilience from Manchester United

By Xorkpe Sosu 4 Min Read

Andre Onana willingly shouldered the blame for Manchester United’s 4-3 defeat to Bayern Munich, although it wouldn’t have made a difference.

The £47.2 million summer acquisition from Inter Milan accepted responsibility for the opening goal in a thrilling group encounter at the Allianz Arena.

Leroy Sane’s strike eluded Andre Onana’s reach, breaking the deadlock, His hands clutched his head in dismay after mishandling Leroy Sane’s shot.

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Just four minutes later, Serge Gnabry extended the lead, putting the Bundesliga giants comfortably 2-0 ahead at halftime.

Despite Rasmus Hojlund notching his first goal for the Reds and offering a glimmer of hope, any aspirations of leveling the score were swiftly dashed.

VAR prompted referee Glenn Nyberg to consult the screen for a potential handball by Christian Eriksen, as he couldn’t evade a Dayot Upamecano header deep beyond the far post. The decision gave Harry Kane the third from the spot.

This decision stung even more when Casemiro found the net to make it 3-2, only for Mathys Tel to reinstate Bayern’s two-goal advantage in stoppage time.

With just seconds remaining, United’s no.18 struck again, leaving everyone pondering what might have been as the final score settled at 4-3.

This didn’t reflect well on the Cameroonian goalkeeper, who has witnessed 14 shots find the back of his net in just six matches, intensifying the pressure on both him and his defense.

The Red Devils have conceded three or more goals in three consecutive games, a feat not seen since 1978, and in this particular instance, Onana felt entirely accountable.

“It’s difficult. We started very good,” the 27-year-old told TNT Sports. “After my mistake we lost control of the game. It’s a difficult situation for us, for me because I’m the one who let the team down.

“The team were one down because of that mistake.

“I have to learn from it and be strong, move on. I’m very happy with the comeback of the team,” He added.

“I have a lot to prove. My start in Manchester hasn’t been so good, it’s not how I want.”

“This was one of my worst games. We have big ambition. “It’s a tough time. We have to be together and work hard.”

Andre Onana Accepts Responsibility for Bayern Defeat

Onana’s remarkably candid remarks drew praise, with Rio Ferdinand expressing his “respect” for the goalkeeper’s comments and commending the evident “character” he displayed.

When Ten Hag was confronted with Onana’s unfiltered remarks shortly after the match, he was eager to inject a sense of realism into his team.

“It’s good he’s doing that but it’s about the team,” the Dutchman said. Mistakes are being made but you have to bounce back as a team.”

“If one player makes a mistake, it’s done, it’s gone. We have to believe as a team that we can always bounce back. Tonight we showed it.”

Up next for United is a highly favorable visit to newly-promoted Burnley, where a fourth consecutive defeat could have disastrous consequences.

“Every game is important. Every game is huge,” Ten Hag commented. “We have to make our own luck. Nobody can help you.

“Stay in the game and don’t allow the opponent to score a goal. It’s not about one mistake. It was too easy for the player to have the shot.

“We, team, me included, only we can do it. It’s in our hands, nobody else’s.”

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