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Man United legend says followers should be affected person with Onana


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By Martin Graham | twenty fourth Jul 2023

Jaap Stam has praised new Manchester United acquisition André Onana however has requested the membership’s followers to be affected person and get used to his play model.

Onana labored with Man United supervisor Erik ten Hag at AFC Ajax within the Dutch Eredivisie for a few years. He was a league champion and a UEFA Champions League semi finalist below the Dutchman’s tutelage.

He grew to become a wanted goalkeeper because of his exploits at Ajax and when ten Hag left the membership, he adopted swimsuit. After one yr at Inter Milan which noticed him choose up two trophies and a Champions League runner-up medal, he has linked up with the person who he calls his “grasp” in soccer at Manchester United.

Stam, who covers the Eredivisie as a pundit however sometimes crosses over to English soccer media, talked up the qualities of Onana. The Man United legend is conversant in the Cameroon worldwide and guaranteed followers that he’ll come good as a alternative for David De Gea.

He sounded a be aware of warning, nevertheless, to them, insisting that they don’t hurry him and train endurance to get used to him. “Andre could be very snug on the ball,” Stam advised the Manchester United web site. “I labored with Andre Onana at Ajax, once I was taking the Below-23s, and when he was there, and got here via at Ajax.

“So he performed quite a lot of video games with myself within the Below-23s within the second league in Holland. And he’s a participant who’s, at first, he’s an excellent individual. He’s very calm and each all the way down to earth. He likes to joke as nicely. So you may snicker with him as nicely.

“However he’s a really, very sincere individual and an excellent goalkeeper. His reflexes are immense, they’re excellent. He’s very fast, on the road as nicely and popping out.

“He reads the sport nicely and is nice on the ball. He’s very snug, all the time. , he’s delaying, at instances, as nicely, he’s attempting to suck gamers in after which taking part in that decisive move via the center.

“In all probability, quite a lot of followers will assume, okay, what’s he doing now? So it is advisable get used to that a bit of bit as nicely. However that’s how the fashionable recreation is being performed by goalkeepers who’re very assured on the ball and discover the suitable move.

“He’s excellent along with his left foot as nicely, so he can play along with his proper but additionally along with his left. He’s not afraid to make use of that as nicely. So he’s an athlete in aim, which could be very thrilling to see.”

Martin Graham is an MFF sports activities author

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