The rise of the rookie
It’s easy to say that Andre Onana is the name under the most pressure among the rookies that Manchester United recruited during the summer transfer window. There are even many opinions calling for coach Erik Ten Hag to put the former Inter Milan star on the bench and give Altay Bayindir the chance to start. However, against Manchester City, Onana really showed why he has the trust of Ten Hag.
If it weren’t for Onana’s excellence, Man Utd could completely experience defeat with the score of a tennis set. Statistics show that the Cameroonian star had a total of 7 saves in the last match, including two brilliant saves against Erling Haaland, so much so that the former Borussia Dortmund star and coach Pep Guardiola simultaneously praised him. positive to this goalkeeper in the post-match interview.
Now, there is probably no longer any question about Onana’s reflexes.
In fact, Sergio Reguilon had recovered from his previous injury and was capable of starting the match against Copenhagen, but against Manchester City, he suddenly appeared on the bench. However, Ten Hag said this decision was only based on tactical reasons, and at the same time, Reguilon was also brought on to the field in the second half. Therefore, it can be confirmed that the Spanish defender is completely fit and no longer has any physical problems.
Reguilon’s return will certainly bring a huge boost to Ten Hag, in the context that Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia are still far from returning, and neither Victor Lindelof nor Sofyan Amrabat delivered truly worthy performances. Reliable in the left-back position.
Obviously, it’s hard to say Harry Maguire played impressively against Man City, but at least he didn’t make any blameworthy mistakes. On the contrary, data from Sofascore shows that the British star made his mark when he achieved a 100% success rate in duels and aerial duels, made 3/4 of his passes at the correct address and had a total of 47 accurate passes – more than any other player on Man Utd’s side.
Notably, Maguire is also the player with the highest score from Sofascore in the Red Devils’ defense (6.6), while his partner Jonny Evans only received a score of 6.1. With positive performances in three consecutive starts, perhaps Maguire has truly found a stable element for his playing style. In the context of Raphael Varane often having physical problems and Lisandro Martinez having to sit out for a long time, Maguire being in good form will certainly help Man Utd a lot.
Huynh Phong | 22:59 October 31, 2023