How Andre Onana saved Manchester United from complete humiliation against Brighton

Andre Onana and Manchester United have lost three of five matches in the Premier League this season. (Photo Credit: Pulse Sports/X)

How Andre Onana saved Manchester United from complete humiliation against Brighton

Izuchukwu Akawor 09:29 - 17.09.2023

Contrary to a popular narrative that has prompted many to troll Andre Onana, it is clear that Manchester United do not have a problem or crisis with their goalkeeper.

The Red Devils’ performance this season in the Premier League continued to be a point of concern as they faced Brighton and Hove Albion at home. 

Manchester United failed to break their losing streak, succumbing to Brighton after a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday. 

This defeat marked a significant setback for Erik Ten Hag, who was hoping to return to winning ways following what had been a turbulent two weeks.

Andre Onana’s role

One notable aspect of United’s struggle is the performance of their new goalkeeper, Andre Onana. 

Onana under scrutiny at United.
Andre Onana has conceded 10 goals in 5 matches for Man United. (Photo Credit: OnanaZone/X)

In the last two matches, he has conceded a total of six goals, bringing his season tally to 10 goals, an average of two conceded per game.

This alarming statistic has led to criticism on social media, with many fans questioning the abilities of the former Inter Milan man.  

Onana’s performance vs Brighton

Despite the criticism and narratives that have led to him being mocked online, Onana played a pivotal role in preventing a more humiliating defeat against the Seagulls.

His exceptional saves spared United from further embarrassment at the hands of their rampant guests. 

Goalkeeper Andre Onana made 5 saves against Brighton. | Photo Credit: Imago

This performance was particularly significant as the 27-year-old was accused of conceding every shot that came his way, which was not the case.

Brighton’s Reputation

The Seagulls came into the match against United with an impressive reputation for their attacking prowess. 

De Zerbi and Brighton
Italian manager Roberto De Zerbi has created something special at Brighton. (Photo Credit: Statmandave/X)

They had attempted the most shots (83) in the league and had the record for the most shots on target (36) as well. 

However, their manager, Roberto De Zerbi, admitted that the early stages of the game were challenging as United deviated from their expected tactics.

Seagulls best Man United again
Brighton with another win against Manchester United at OT. (Photo Credit: Imago)

"In the first 15-20 minutes we suffered a lot.," De Zerbi told the club website after the game. "Man United played in a different way to how we prepared but after that, we played a great game."

Brighton’s Dominance

Despite the initial difficulties, Brighton managed to gain control of the game at Old Trafford. 

They continued to live up to that reputation, attempting 10 more shots, eight of which were on target, resulting in three goals.

"The game changed when we kept the ball better and helped us control the game," he added. "We also had three attackers who were very quick, and we kept our style."

Welbeck is enjoying Brighton
Danny Welbeck scored his fifth goal against his former team, Manchester United. (Photo Credit: Statmandave/X)

Notable contributions came from former United forward, Danny Welbeck, Pascal Gross, who loves scoring against the Reds, and the youngster, Joao Pedro, who came off the bench.

Onana’s Performance Acknowledged

While the Cameroonian has faced criticism from fans, it’s essential to acknowledge his crucial saves that kept the scoreline low and United in the match.

Manchester United’s Andre Onana averages 2 goals conceded per game. (Photo Credit: Imago)

Many argue that he could have done better on some of the goals he conceded, drawing comparisons with departed club legend, David De Gea.

Nevertheless, the former Inter sweeper made five brilliant saves from eight attempts that were on target from Brighton. 

His performance, along with a consolation goal from Hannibal Mejbri’s exceptional strike, contributed to a somewhat respectable final scoreline for United at home.

David De Gea is not Manchester United's problem anymore.
David De Gea left Manchester United after 12 years and was blamed for the club's woes. (Photo Credit: Imago)

Therefore, the clash between the Red Devils and Brighton showcased the challenges United have had which preceded Onana’s arrival.

Onana’s performance has stood out as a point of debate amidst another disappointment for United. 

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