Andre Onana took full responsibility for his performance in a candid interview following Manchester United’s devastating defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Onana, who was acquired by the club from Inter Milan for £47.2 million during the summer transfer window, made a significant error in his team’s 4-3 loss at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday. He was unable to stop Leroy Sane’s long-range shot, which put the German side in the lead.
The Cameroonian goalkeeper went on to concede three more goals as Manchester United began their Champions League campaign with a loss. Nevertheless, to his credit, he faced the situation head-on and spoke to TNT Sports after the match. He even requested an interview with CBS Sports to provide an explanation for what transpired.
In his conversation with TNT Sports, he candidly took full responsibility for his performance in a brutally honest post-match interview.
“I’m the one who let the team down.”
“It’s because of me we didn’t win this game.”
“I have to learn from it.”
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“After my mistake we lost control of the game – I’m the one who let the team down,” he said.
“The team was good, we didn’t win this game because of me.”
Onana added: “My start in Manchester is not so good. Today is one of my worst games. It was a big opportunity for us to bounce back from the pressure we’re facing, but it’s tough. We have to be together.”
Rio Ferdinand praised Onana’s character for speaking out following his error.
“I respect that,” he said. “I’ve lost games and made mistakes and refused to speak to the media at times. That showed good character and showed he’s made of the right stuff.”
On CBS Sports, Peter Schmeichel revealed: “Andre Onana has actually asked to speak to us… He wants to explain what happened.”
Onana has now conceded 10 goals in his last three games across all competitions, having let in a combined six goals against Arsenal and Brighton.
The Red Devils, meanwhile, return to action on Saturday when they resume their league campaign at Burnley.