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Ten Hag scolded over transfer downgrade, with Man Utd fans told they’ll beg for mistreated star’s return

Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag and assistant manager Steve McClaren

A Man Utd treble winner reckons Erik ten Hag has got his goalkeeping situation all wrong, with the United boss explaining why Andre Onana is at risk of being exposed.

Onana has replaced David de Gea as Man Utd’s starting goalkeeper. The 27-year-old joined in a £47.2m deal from Inter Milan on the back of a sensational campaign at the San Siro.

Ten Hag knows exactly what he’s getting in Onana given their shared time together at Ajax between 2017-22.

The Cameroon ace, 27, is far more comfortable on the ball than De Gea ever was. Furthermore, his willingness to adopt a higher starting position allows the defensive line to push further up field without leaving such a huge gap between defence and keeper.

Many Man Utd fans are glad to see Onana replace De Gea, though according to Dwight Yorke, they could be in for a rude awakening.

The striker – who was crucial in United’s treble in 1999 – believes Onana could be exposed in the Premier League given the higher intensity the English league provides.

The faster pace of play and higher number of pressures when compared to Serie A, for example, could result in his fair share of embarrassing moments for Onana, according to Yorke.

Furthermore, Yorke also hit out at the way in which De Gea was unceremoniously dumped by Man Utd.

The Athletic previously reported Man Utd offered De Gea a contract extension on greatly reduced terms. De Gea signed the document, though United reneged on their own deal in favour of offering a different deal on even lower terms.

That was the final straw for De Gea who refused to sign the amended contract and subsequently left as a free agent.

Onana trying to be something he’s not – Yorke

“I’ve said before that Man Utd need to be careful what they wish for with losing David de Gea,” said Yorke (via the Manchester Evening News).

“For all the good De Gea has done for Man Utd, the way his career ended was really bad.

“I hope this doesn’t come back to haunt United now they’ve bought Andre Onana. Be careful what you wish for. De Gea is the Golden Glove winner, a high-profile player who has made mistakes, like the rest of us.

“In my opinion, Onana is not as good as De Gea and people need to watch him very carefully. I’ve seen Onana before, the Premier League is a different kettle of fish with how fast the game is and how often you are pressured.

“Onana tries to be an outfield player rather than a goalkeeper sometimes. I will be watching this guy very closely, and the people who have criticised De Gea and wanted him to leave will probably be the ones who will be calling him to come back.

“I’m hoping that doesn’t happen for Man Utd’s sake.”

Onana made his Man Utd debut during the 2-0 friendly defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

Onana was chipped by Jude Bellingham within six minutes and was later beaten by an acrobatic bicycle kick from Joselu.

However, there was little he could do with either goal given the quality of the finishes. What’s more, he wasted no time in displaying the other traits he possesses, completing 39 of 41 passes and mopping up a dangerous long ball over the top thanks to his high starting position.

Whether Yorke’s concerns play out or are misplaced, only time will tell.

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