Man United is on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League as a result of Onana’s nightmare


“Your nightmare is back again” was written on one of the banners that were displayed at Rams Park in Galatasaray. Especially for André Onana, who is making it a habit to make mistakes in the Champions League, this became especially true.

This season, the Cameroon goalkeeper has previously made blunders against Bayern Munich away and Galatasaray at home. However, on Wednesday, he made two calamitous mistakes that gifted the Turkish champions a 3-3 draw in Istanbul. As a result, Manchester United’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League are hanging by a thread.

At 2-0 and 3-1, Erik ten Hag’s team had the opportunity to win the game on two separate occasions; however, with one round of matches remaining, they are currently rooted to the bottom of Group A. There is no other squad that could score nine goals in three European away games and not win any of them. This United team is as weak as any other team in the world.

The team has allowed 14 goals to be scored against them in the Champions League thus far this season. The only team that has conceded more goals is Royal Antwerp, who have yet to win a single game in the group stage.

“We win and lose together,” Ten Hag stated after the game, refusing to place blame on Onana, who he had acquired from Inter Milan for a fee of 43 million pounds during the summer. “It is clear that this group is making progress.

This game has provided me with a lot of positives. Despite making a few errors, we played the way I would like my squad to play. Observing it was a pleasure because it was proactive, lively, and courageous, and we scored some fantastic goals.

We continued to fight until the very end, despite the fact that we had a few setbacks, and we had a lot of opportunities to win, including those that were taken by Scott McTominay and Facundo Pellistri.

“Of course, I am disappointed because we should have managed the game better, we will learn from that.”

Before Onana’s errors, Ten Hag’s players had put in a lot of effort and, for extended periods of time, were by far the superior team. This will be the source of the greatest amount of aggravation for Ten Hag.

After more than twenty-four hours of severe rain in the Turkish capital, the teams came out onto a sodden pitch. They were greeted by a massive banner that read “Welcome to hell,” but United had already calmed the tense atmosphere in the stadium within the first twenty minutes of the match.

Initially, it was Alejandro Garnacho who, following an overhead kick that would go down in history against Everton on Sunday, had the self-assurance to step into hell and advise everyone to calm down.

After a fluid team move, the 19-year-old player slammed his finish into the roof of the net and then rubbed it in with a “calma, calma” celebration in front of the Galatasaray fans, who responded with a volley of missiles hurled from the stands. The goal was scored by the Galatasaray squad.

Before coming up with his own missile, Captain Bruno Fernandes was given the responsibility of picking up the miscellaneous items and removing them off the playing field.

He took a few of steps forward after picking up the ball from Luke Shaw on the left side of the field, and then he fired a rocket into the top corner of the net with his right foot from a distance of 25 yards. In order to celebrate, he was supposed to get down on his knees and cover his ears, but he didn’t have to bother because the ear-splitting boom was replaced by startled quiet.

Ten Hag stated after the game that his team was superior at “game management,” although it seemed as though he was ignoring the fact that if Onana hadn’t made the contribution, they would have almost surely succeeded in winning the game. Hakim Ziyech was the recipient of two free-kick goals that should have been stopped.

The first one caught Onana off guard as it slid past his right knee, but his error for the second one, which occurred after McTominay had scored United’s third goal, was the kind of mistake that is frequently featured on DVDs that document the most egregious errors in sports.

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It is possible that he had the impression that Anthony Martial would clear Ziyech’s cross with his head, but the French forward did not make contact with the ball, and as a result, the United No. 1 ended up being taken aback by the speed of the ball and punching it into his own net.

His efforts to prevent substitute Kerem Akturkoglu from scoring a bullet finish that tied the game 3-3 were fruitless. Nevertheless, at that point, the harm had already been done to the situation.


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