“I don’t care,” Man Utd legend Andy Cole aims dig at Andre Onana

“I don’t care,” Man Utd legend Andy Cole aims dig at Andre Onana

Andy Cole, the legendary Manchester United figure, expressed his critique of Andre Onana following his debut against Real Madrid.

In Wednesday’s match at the NRG Stadium in Houston, United suffered a 2-0 loss against Los Blancos, with Jude Bellingham and Joselu scoring impressive goals.

Onana started as the goalkeeper for United and showcased his skill with the ball at his feet, making two solid saves during the game.

Last week, United secured Onana’s services for £47.2 million on a five-year contract, with the option for an additional year. 

He was brought in to replace David de Gea, who had been the first-choice goalkeeper for over a decade but faced criticism for his inability to play from the back effectively—a skill in which Onana excels.

Having undergone training at both Barcelona and Ajax’s academies, Onana is remarkably comfortable with the ball, as demonstrated in his debut for United. 

Against Real Madrid, he had an impressive 51 touches, completed 39 passes, and achieved an outstanding pass completion rate of 95.1 per cent.

Despite his remarkable goal-scoring record of 93 goals for Manchester United from 1995 to 2001, Andy Cole was not impressed with Andre Onana’s debut for the club.

Andy Cole aims dig at Andre Onana

Speaking to MUTV (via @UtdDistrict on Twitter), Cole slamed Onana for Real’s opener, after Bellingham audaciously chipped the debutant.

Cole said: “I don’t care if you can do 10 kick-ups, a goalkeeper needs to be able to save the ball.”

The 51 year old later added: “The manager has changed the way he wants to play from the back. He wants to play with a goalkeeper who is comfortable with the ball at his feet. This is the case with Onana.”

However, Ten Hag was full of praise for Onana after the Real outing. The Dutchman said, via the Mirror: “I think he was good, solid. He made two very good saves, so he was there in the moment the team needed him, he did his job, he integrated well into our team.

“This is the first game [with Onana] and we have a lot of work to do, on the defending part. For the second goal, we were not close at the back post, and it can’t be that a goal can come there.

“There are rules we have to follow, but they will come quickly in the way that we integrate them into our way of play.”

“I don’t care,” Man Utd legend Andy Cole aims dig at Andre Onana

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