Man Utd’s Andre Onana explains why he snubbed No.1 shirt despite David de Gea exit

Man Utd’s Andre Onana explains why he snubbed No.1 shirt despite David de Gea exit

Andre Onana, the new goalkeeper for Manchester United, has a strong emotional attachment to the number 24 shirt, which is why he decided not to replace David de Gea as the club’s No.1. 

Despite joining the team for a significant fee of £47.2 million, Onana has chosen not to wear the iconic shirt number that was previously associated with De Gea, who left the club after an impressive 12-year tenure.

Onana’s signing came shortly after De Gea’s departure, and he will be taking over as the first-choice goalkeeper under the management of Erik ten Hag, who previously worked with him at Ajax.

 However, fans were left puzzled during his unveiling when he didn’t opt for the anticipated No.1 jersey.

Citing his birthday, April 2, as the reason why, Onana told club media: “I just like that number. It’s my birthday, my date of birth. For me it’s great, it’s beautiful.”

Andre Onana has a sentimental attachment to the number 24 shirt, which he also wore during his time at Ajax and Inter Milan, where he earned a reputation as one of the finest goalkeepers globally, known for his exceptional ball skills. 

When asked about his decision to retain the number 24 shirt at Manchester United, Onana explained that this particular number has brought him a lot of success in the past, and he hopes that this success will continue with him wearing it in his new club.

 “I like this shirt because [in] this shirt, this number we have done a lot and I hope it will continue.”

“It’s not like everyone has the opportunity to play at United,” Onana added.

“For me, if you’re at this big club then you’re already one of the best in the world, so you just have to demonstrate that next month when the competition starts and I think I deserve it, I deserve a lot of things and I’m very happy for what we have done.

“The clean sheets were not only by myself: of course my team-mates, the defenders and the strikers, because the first defender would be my strikers. Also my goalkeeper coach. We work every day to keep the clean sheet at the weekend so, for me, it’s great.”

Asked why United signed him, Ten Hag heaped praise on Onana’s quality on and off the pitch. “We’re happy, of course,” the Red Devils boss declared.

“I think with his physical presence and also with his personality, he is so keen on winning. He’s so, so eager to win trophies and he will help the team and he will help the squad to get to higher levels.”

After joining Manchester United and joining his new teammates during their pre-season tour in the United States, Andre Onana is expected to be part of the squad that faces Wrexham, a League Two newcomer, on Wednesday. 

However, due to the likelihood of a more youthful Red Devils side taking on Wrexham, it is anticipated that Onana will probably make his debut a day later in a match against the prestigious Spanish club, Real Madrid. 

This will be an exciting opportunity for the talented goalkeeper to showcase his skills and make his first appearance for his new team.

Man Utd’s Andre Onana explains why he snubbed No.1 shirt despite David de Gea exit

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