Nigeria's Awoniyi gives tips on how to beat Man United's Andre Onana

Taiwo Awoniyi embarrasses Andre Onana at Old Trafford || Image credit: Imago

Nigeria's Awoniyi gives tips on how to beat Man United's Andre Onana

Izuchukwu Akawor 17:12 - 13.09.2023

Nigeria Super Eagles forward Taiwo Awoniyi has delivered a masterclass on how to get past Manchester United's goalkeeper Andre Onana.

Nottingham Forest striker Taiwo Awoniyi has let the lid on his historic goal against Premier League giants Manchester United last month.

Awoniyi was in superb form as the Tricky Tee gave United a scare in the five-goal thriller at Old Trafford.

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The Nigeria international spoke exclusively to Pulse Sports Nigeria during the Super Eagles AFCONQ2023 against Sao Tome and Principe in Uyo last weekend. 

Awoniyi for Nigeria Super Eagles

The 26-year-old was one of the scorers as Nigeria thrashed their visitors Sao Tome in the final game of the AFCONQ 2023 on Sunday. 

He netted an excellent third goal for the Super Eagles who went on to add three more en route to a comprehensive 6-0 win over the Falcons and True Parrots.

Taiwo Awoniyi scored his second international goal for Nigeria against Sao Tome and Principe. (Photo Credit:Taiwo Awoniyi/Instagram)

Awoniyi’s goal for the Nigeria Super Eagles saw him continue the impressive form for Forest which earned him a Premier League Player of the Month nomination. 

On Onana and United

The Nigeria international had become the third African to score in seven successive matches in Premier League history.

Goalkeeper Andre Onana gestures during a United game. | Photo Credit: Imago images

His goal against United in the second game of the season earned him a place on the list alongside Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Togo’s Emmanuel Adebayor

Speaking on the goal which gave his side a shocking 2-0 lead at Old Trafford, the talented Nigerian forward revealed to Pulse Sports how to score against United’s goalkeeper Onana. 

Taiwo Awoniyi embarrasses Andre Onana at OT. || Image credit: Imago

“That goal – that kind of situation and that goal against Man United is something that I really thought of like a day before the game,” Awoniyi said. 

“Not about the amount of space, you visualise the possibility of a one-on-one with the keeper. That, ‘OK, if you get yourself one-on-one with the keeper, how do you go past the keeper?’

Taiwo Awoniyi has scored three goals in three matches this season. (Photo Credit: Imago

“Looking at (Andre) Onana, with his experience, we had only two possibilities.”

“The first one was, for you to score [against] him, you have to chip; like, literally aim to lift it over because he’s kind of really quick to the ground. 

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“The second one was just that you keep on faking and faking. “So I (went) for the second one, and it worked,” he added. 

It would be interesting to see which other striker or teams will use Awoniyi’s insight when the Premier League returns after the international break.

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