Man Utd target Onana tells fans he ‘didn’t give like ***’, but Ten Hag forgave him

He failed a drug test, was kicked out of the national team and was at odds with the boss who wanted him.

But Andre Onana is the man Erik ten Hag believes can bring Manchester United one step closer to their past glories.

Onana is about to join Man Utd this summerCredit: Getty
Ten Hag managed the goalkeeper during his time at AjaxCredit: Getty

The Cameroon goalkeeper’s long summer of back and forth seems to be coming to an end, with a £43m compromise for Inter Milan’s No 1.

It is clear that United manager Ten Hag has no grudges as he is not going after a «don’t give like**t» goalkeeper.

Indeed, the reason why the door for Dean Henderson to return to Old Trafford was left open is his fiery spirit.

His desire to go to Nottingham Forest on loan last summer – before Ten Hag met him – and his refusal to return for the New Year is said to have upset the Dutchman.

But not so.

ETH admires 26-year-old Henderson’s determination for a first-team spot in Prem — he landed at Forest before a thigh injury cut his season short in January.

So when Ten Hag was at odds with Onana while at Ajax, any thoughts of long-term damage could be dismissed.

As for Ten Hag, United’s side kick off their pre-season campaign against Leeds in Oslo tomorrow with new signing Mason Mount set to make his debut, the possibility of increased hostilities.


When he became Ajax coach in December 2017, Onana was already the first team goalkeeper – a position he held until February 2021 when he was banned for doping violations.

The 6-foot-3-inch man accidentally ingested his wife’s medication while looking for aspirin. Easy to do.

Ten Hag stuck with him during his nine-month ban — but things were still not rosy. Indeed, when the boss saw his fitness problems as mistakes began to creep into his play – like with David de Gea last season – he knocked him out for the Cup final. Netherlands.

Onana has told Ajax fans that he «doesn’t think **t» when they booed him after a foul and that he will soon leave Inter Milan.

But Ten Hag never forgot his qualities, especially his distribution when playing from behind.

Ederson’s ability to do so at Manchester City was a key ingredient in the success of the Reds’ «noisy neighbours».

However, Onana’s desire to be more than just a shot saver was not satisfied by his national team boss and led to his retirement from the Cameroon team.

During last year’s World Cup in Qatar, he was sent home by coach Rigobert Song for his dangerous tackle in the 0-1 loss in the opening Group G match against Switzerland.

Onana vowed never to play for her country again.

Onana was kicked out of the World Cup last year after falling out with Cameroon coach Rigobert SongCredit: Getty

However, this is the man who helped Inter reach the Champions League final against Man City last month.

And Ten Hag believes he can take United to the same heights as De Gea has become a free agent after his contract expires.

Henderson has returned to Manchester to continue his recovery from injury, so Tom Heaton, 37, will start in Norway with 23-year-old rookies Nathan Bishop and Matej Kovar as substitutes.

Ten Hag previously described Onana as «a great goalkeeper». United always have them. From Harry Gregg, survivor of the Munich Disaster, to 1968 European Cup winner Alex Stepney.

Peter Schmeichel was a key presence in the club’s greatest era of dominance until his departure following their historic treble in 1999.

Edwin van der Sar followed in June 2005 and it is surprising that United did not try to get him sooner as they juggled the goalkeepers.

His save against Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka in the 2008 Champions League final penalty shootout is an image that will live on in the club’s history.

De Gea — an accomplished saver — spent 12 years in goal during a very shallow period in United’s history, where they won just one Prem title.

But Pep Guardiola’s arrival in English football changed everything.

Onana’s footwork really attracts Ten HagCredit: Getty

The timekeeper is the sweeper. The goal starts with moves from their feet. Make sure to stop at the back of the high press.

Ten Hag knew he needed someone to take on that role. That man is Onana.

Now all United have to do is agree a price to get him from Inter.

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