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Onana is second greatest keeper within the Prem – Man Utd boss Ten Hag

Erik ten Hag has backed under-fire André Onana by insisting the Manchester United goalkeeper is “the second greatest” within the Premier League.

Onana’s errors within the 3-3 draw with Galatasaray on Wednesday value United a much-needed win within the Champions League to go away Ten Hag’s workforce getting ready to an early exit.

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However talking forward of the journey to Newcastle United on Saturday, the Dutchman highlighted the Cameroon worldwide’s stats this season which embody being ranked second within the Premier League for saves, save share and objectives prevented.

“If you happen to analyse it effectively you then see he’s the second greatest goalkeeper within the Premier League based mostly on stats,” Ten Hag instructed a information convention on Friday.

“He is doing effectively however he is aware of that within the Champions League he has made some errors however throughout within the first 5 months he has achieved effectively.”

Onana’s efficiency towards Galatasaray has began a debate about whether or not the £43 million ($34m) summer season signing from Inter Milan must be dropped for the sport at St James’ Park.

It will imply handing a debut to Altay Bayindir, who hasn’t performed a minute since arriving from Fenerbahce in August, however Ten Hag instructed that Onana will begin towards Newcastle.

“You have got seen how he’s reacting to a foul efficiency like in Munich and at Burnley [in the next game] he was excellent,” Ten Hag stated.

“He’s a robust character. He is a character and he’ll cope with it.”

United’s poor type within the Champions League is in distinction to their type within the Premier League, the place they’ve gained 5 of their final six video games.

Ten Hag can be with out long-term absentees Casemiro and Lisandro Martínez for the sport at Newcastle whereas Mason Mount stays a doubt with an damage picked up in coaching over the worldwide break.

There are gamers on the best way again however I can not give a prognosis on how lengthy it is going to take,” Ten Hag stated.

“Mason Mount is returning on the pitch [on Friday] however I do not understand how lengthy it is going to take on this second.”

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