Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag makes feelings clear on Andre Onana mistake after Bayern Munich defeat

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Man Utd star Andre Onana made a costly mistake in his side's Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 20/09/2023

- 22:08

Updated: 20/09/2023

- 22:39

The goalkeeper conceded a soft first goal during his side's 4-3 defeat at the Allianz Arena

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has reacted to Andre Onana's mistake in his side's Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

The Red Devils had entered the showdown in Germany looking to bounce back after two successive defeats in the Premier League.

Yet while United were plucky and bright in stages, they'll ultimately return to Manchester with nothing to show for their efforts.

Onana conceded a tame first goal following a strike from Leroy Sane, paving the way for Bayern to dominate and stick three more goals past the Cameroon international on the night - with Casemiro netting a double and Rasmus Hojlund on target for the visitors.

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Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag has opened up on Andre Onana's error after Bayern Munich Champions League defeat


Further goals from Serge Gnabry, Harry Kane and Mathys Tel then secured victory for Bayern.

After the game, Onana accepted he had played a role in his side's defeat.

But Ten Hag made it clear it wasn't just about the 27-year-old and his team must improve as a whole if they're to get themselves out the rut they're currently in.

"It's good he's doing that but it's about the team," he said, referring to Onana's interview with TNT Sports.

"Mistakes are being made but you have to bounce back as a team.

"If one player makes a mistake, it's done, it's gone.

"We have to believe as a team that we can always bounce back. Tonight we showed it."

Onana had previously stated: "It's difficult. We started very good.

"After my mistake we lost control of the game. It's a difficult situation for us, for me.

"The team were one down because of that mistake. I have to learn from it and be strong. I'm happy with the comeback of the team.

"I have a lot to prove. My start in Manchester hasn't been so good, not how I want. This was one of my worst games. We have big ambition.

"It's a tough time. We have to be together and work hard."

Ten Hag, meanwhile, has challenged United to bounce back when they do battle with Burnley on Saturday night.

"Every game is important. Every game is huge. We have to make our own luck. Nobody can help you," he said.

"Stay in the game and don't allow the opponent to score a goal. It's not about one mistake. It was too easy for the player to have the shot."

Pundits in the BT Sport studio also reacted to the match.

"All the blame [for that goal] lays at his door," Rio Ferdinand said, referring to Onana's clanger.

"It was a straightforward save. It's not a hard shot to deal with. He'd expect to make that save.

"It epitomises Manchester United this season. Most of the goals they've conceded this season, they could have made tougher for the opposition.

"He hasn't dealt with a big moment there."


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Man Utd fought to the end but Bayern Munich were too strong in their Champions League clash


And Paul Scholes opted to praise Rasmus Hojlund, with the ex-England international saying: "I'm really pleased for Rasmus Hojlund to get off the mark.

"It will do him the world of good. It was a scrappy goal.

"But when they scored Bayern turned it on for the next five minutes and scored another goal."

On Christian Eriksen giving away a penalty, which Kane duly converted, he added: "I think it was in an unnatural position. He's got his arm out.

"In this day and age that's a penalty."

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