Man Utd legend Paul Scholes slams Andre Onana after Galatasaray draw | Football


The goalkeeper made two massive howlers in Istanbul (Pictures: TNT Sports / Getty)

Paul Scholes has criticised Andre Onana for his performance in Manchester United’s 3-3 draw against Galatasaray on Wednesday night, blaming the goalkeeper for all three goals conceded.

The Red Devils went two goals up early on in a rain-drenched Istanbul, with Alejandro Garnacho and Bruno Fernandes both scoring brilliant goals, but were pegged back when Hakim Ziyech’s free-kick deceived Onana and went in virtually down the middle of the goal.

Scott McTominay restored United’s two-goal advantage in the second half, only for Onana to misread another Ziyech free-kick which snuck underneath him.

Not long after, Kerem Akturkoglu broke clear and fired a blistering effort in to level the scores, though again Scholes felt Onana was at fault for leaving too much space at his near post and slammed his nervous and error-strewn display.

Speaking on TNT Sports afterwards, Scholes said: ‘Well, what can you say? It’s a terrible mistake again [for the second goal]. I’m not sure what he’s actually trying to do, punch it away with his right hand? It’s weak.

‘He makes people nervous, he makes the defence nervous, he makes the whole team nervous. He makes simple saves look really, really difficult.

‘Beaten at the near post [for Galatasaray’s third]. We’ll probably have goalkeeper experts who will know more about this than us, but again I don’t think he should be beaten at the near post.

Onana’s mistakes cost United massively in Istanbul (Picture: Getty)

‘His positioning is poor. For me, all three goals are down to him. His technique looks awkward.’

Asked if manager Erik ten Hag needs to take responsibility for the signing, Scholes continued: ‘Managers ultimately have to take responsibility for all their signings. It’s a shame tonight because in the last few weeks, in the Premier League especially, he’s started to look OK.

‘He’s looking a lot better, but still making unconventional saves, and it’s the Champions League where it’s been a real struggle for him.

‘I don’t know why – is he too casual? You see him there having a little smirk to himself.

‘I just think he’s a bit too relaxed. I don’t think his concentration is all there and for a goalkeeper concentration is the most important thing.

‘You think of the other team as well, watching the goalkeeper, and he’s nervous and all over the place, thinking, “We’ve just got to shoot, cross the ball in, get the ball in and around him”. He looks like he’s going to concede every time!’


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