It’s only been a matter of days since Andre Onana joined up with his new teammates on their pre-season tour of America, and the highly-rated goalkeeper is already making a solid first impression.
Earlier this week, after a fee of £47.2 million was agreed between United and Inter Milan, the 27-year-old Cameroonian shot-stopper signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford worth a reported £115,000 per week.
Onana, who registered the most clean sheets in last season’s Champions League campaign, jetted out to New York on Thursday to link up with the squad, just two days after completing his medical.
And it hasn’t taken long for footage to emerge from his first training sessions as a Manchester United player.
The former Ajax goalkeeper can be seen performing a number of drills, including a passing exercise, alongside Tom Heaton, who played the full 90 minutes against Arsenal, and Cumbrian keeper Dean Henderson.
Check out the footage below.
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Onana’s ability with the ball at his feet was a key reason behind the big-money transfer and, as you can see from the clip above, Onana has the technical prowess to thrive in England’s top flight.
But his almost underrated shot-stopping ability has also impressed fans, as well as the club’s coaching staff.
Here’s how social media reacted to the footage.
One said: “Them coaches can’t believe what they’re seeing,” while another commented: “This dude’s passing is better than some of our central midfielders.”
A third wrote: “You don’t understand the grin I had to myself watching Onana passing the ball through lines here with venom. He’s going to change everything to do with the back line positioning but also where Mount &Fernandesreceive ball in transition.”
A fourth added: “Still unreal we’ve signed him, he will improve our build up so much. Can’t wait.”
Shortly after the deal to sign Onana was confirmed,Erik ten Hagopened up on why he has signed the former Cameroon international, who retired from international duty last year.
“Most important, always for a ‘keeper, is clean sheets and he’s not doing that on his own,” he said. “Therefore, you need a very good defensive organisation, [it’s] quite clear. But also the capabilities of a keeper is [about] keeping the goal clean.
“So this is the first criterion of a good goalkeeper. But, nowadays, football also demands good playing from the back, out-playing qualities, and that is a quality Andre has. You need both and you need to cover both areas.
“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.”