Ten Hag Defends Onana Despite Costly Erors as United's Champions League Dreams Falter

Onana was guilty of two goals, although it is very ungrateful to say

by Sededin Dedovic
Ten Hag Defends Onana Despite Costly Erors as United's Champions League Dreams Falter
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Manchester United's Champions League hopes suffered a heavy blow as they lost a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Galatasaray in a thrilling encounter at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul. The Red Devils looked to be in control of the match from the start, taking an early lead through Alejandro Garnach and doubling their advantage with a Bruno Fernandes strike.

However, Galatasaray refused to lie down and Hakim Ziyech pulled one back for the hosts before half-time with a stunning free-kick that left Andre Onana on the spot. United restored their two-goal cushion in the second half through Scott McTominay but Ziyech again found the back of the net from a free-kick and Onana was again at fault.

Kerem Akturkoglu completed the comeback for Galatasaray with a fine individual effort, earning his side a vital point.

Manchester United are in last place in their group

The draw leaves United bottom of Group A with just one matchday remaining and their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League now hanging in the balance.

Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana was in the center of attention after two costly mistakes in the match. Onana was caught off guard by Ziyech's first free-kick and failed to command his area effectively for the second, allowing the Moroccan to curl a superb ball into the top corner.

Onana's performance will undoubtedly raise questions about his future at the club, especially given his recent struggles.

Ten Haag defends his goalkeeper

Despite Onana's glaring mistakes, Manchester United manager Erik ten Haag refused to single out his goalkeeper for the criticism.

"We win and lose together. Onana is good, it's not all about individual performances. These things happen and sometimes they affect the game and you have to take responsibility. But it's always all about the team," Ten Haag said.

They now face an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout stages.
The pressure is now mounting on Ten Haag and his players to get a positive result in their final Champions League appearance and keep their European dreams alive.

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