Manchester United should expect more mistakes from Andre Onana once he is signed, Rio Ferdinand has said. He recently had his say while speaking to the press, and fans have been reacting.
According to him, even if he believes bringing in the Cameroon goalie would be excellent business, fans should expect lots of mistakes with his risk-taking at the back.
Ferdinand, however, added that he wants the African goalkeeper to stick to his beliefs and find the right balance.
His words, “If Onana is coming in, I think he’s a fantastic signing. A huge talent and a real modern-day goalkeeper. You see teams pressing him and he does not even panic. He gets the ball into him, brings on the press, says ‘come on, come to me’, and then when that player comes to him he knows there’s a player free somewhere else and he normally finds them.”
“I think there will be mistakes and playing that risky way, you do have mistakes and that happens. But it’s about staying true to your beliefs, finding a right balance and remaining confident throughout those periods. It’s interesting to see how this pans out, but I believe this is a deal that will be made at some point through this transfer window.”
“I remember, and I watched a lot of Ajax when Erik ten Hag was there, and a lot of what he wants to do is about playing out from the back. You can see when he first came [to United] they got caught numerous times. Brentford is a game which sticks out in my mind away where they were trying to implement his playing style, which is definitely playing out from the back from the goalkeeper.”
“They got pressed and they got battered and bruised doing that. Then they switched after that and started playing a bit longer and balancing out playing out from the back and then going long. I think ideally he will want to be a team that play out from the back immediately and control possession and control through the different transitions and phases of the game. To do that, you need a goalkeeper who is completely competent, really good, calm and authoritative and confident in doing that. Onana absolutely fits the bill.”
“I remember that I spoke to Pep [Guardiola] before the Champions League final and he highlighted Onana, the goalkeeper, as somebody that they’re going to have to prepare for. How many goalkeepers do you normally have to prepare for in terms of building up and building out from the back? There ain’t many in world football. Onana is one of them, so he’ll definitely give Manchester United a presence. He’ll give Man United more confidence and more ability to play out from the back and I think he suits an Erik ten Hag team completely, so I can see that deal being done.”
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