Manchester United traveled to Munich for their Champions League first-matchday fixture, where they clashed with the reigning German champions Bayern Munich. After suffering two consecutive losses in the league, Ten Hag and the team were determined to stage a significant comeback. However, things did not quite go their way.
Following a defeat at the Allianz Arena, Manchester United’s goalkeeper, Andre Onana, publicly took responsibility for the loss on Wednesday. The Cameroonian goalkeeper arrived at Old Trafford with high expectations to replace David de Gea, who departed the club after 12 seasons.
Andre Onana apologizes to Man Utd fans
Following a tough week in the league, including a 3-1 loss to De Zerbi’s Brighton at home and ongoing turmoil within the club, the Champions League Group A fixture could have been a breath of fresh air for Ten Hag to rejuvenate the competitiveness in the team’s camp.
They started the game well in the first half, but after conceding due to a mistake from Onana, they couldn’t regain their momentum. The new shot-stopper had a promising start for his new team, keeping clean sheets in the first two league games, but has lost form since then.
Onana’s horrible outing last evening saw his error give Bayern a crucial lead which eventually ended in a 4-3 loss. Post Match, the 27-year-old apologized to the fans following his disappointing performance taking responsibility for the loss.
“It’s my responsibility, because of me we didn’t win — and I have to learn from it. It was me who let the team down”, Onana said post-match.
Man United boss Eric ten Hag backed Onana appreciating his courage to admit his mistake, but he believed it was all about the team’s performance.
Ten Hag said in Onana’s defense, “I think he shows that he takes responsibility and displays the necessary personality to perform at a high level. But it’s not only about him; I believe it’s also about the team’s performance,” after the loss.
Andre Onana’s error leads to defeat vs Bayern
Surprisingly, Manchester United made a strong start in the first 30 minutes, dominating the first-half play, exerting pressure on the hosts and coming close to scoring on multiple occasions.
It was at the 28th-minute mark that Leroy Sane’s shot from outside the box was mishandled by Andre Onana, giving Bayern the lead.
This blunder shifted the momentum of the game in Bayern’s favor, and later on, three more goals were scored by Gnabry, Kane, and the young Mathys Tel, securing their victory.
Nevertheless, United attempted to make a comeback. Rasmus Hojlund struck his maiden goal, and Casemiro scored a brace, although it was already too late for the Red Devils.
In their next Champions League fixture, Manchester United will be hosting Galatasaray at home. Do you think United can bounce back this season?