One man, more than most, has received a lot of unwarranted pressure and criticism this season but it now seems this Manchester United man is at the top of his game.
Andre Onana was the man chosen to replace David De Gea after the Spaniard’s contract at Manchester United expired and he left the club after 11 years.
After an eventful debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers, which included a clean sheet but universal criticism from the media for clattering into Sasa Kalajdzic with no penalty being awarded.
The former Inter Milan goalkeeper reached the nadir of his United career against Bayern Munich when he allowed a relatively simple shot to slip through his fingers, things looked bleak.
Onana’s return to form
The goalkeeper’s sliding doors moment seemed to be the penalty save he made against FC Copenhagen, which kept the club’s slim chances of getting through to the knockout stages alive.
Since then, the Cameroon international has been superb for the Red Devils, he has looked more and more assured with each passing game he plays.
His passing, too, has improved as time has gone on and this may well be because the saves he is making on a consistent basis are improving his confidence.
Amazingly, despite the poor start to the season that United are having, Onana has four clean sheets this season which is the joint-third highest in the Premier League.
He has turned a corner after his poor start to life in the Premier League and looks to be in top form and is making his £47 million deal look like a bargain, at this moment in time.
Crooks proved wrong on Onana
Following the dramatic 2-1 win over Brentford in October, the 27-year-old was roundly criticised for his failure to save Mathian Jensen’s shot which gave the visitors the lead.
Writing in his BBC Sport column, Garth Crooks said: “It’s hard enough trying to win matches when your goalkeeper is in good form, but when he’s making errors almost on a weekly basis it makes life very difficult for all concerned.”
Crooks was one of a number of pundits who criticised the goalkeeper but Onana now seems to be on top of his game and looks much more confident with the self-belief back in his game.
It is not quite time yet for these pundits to eat their words but the goalkeeper was never going to go into his shell and lose his self-confidence.
After making the mistake against Bayern, Onana fronted up to the media which should have been a big sign that the confidence he possesses in his own abilities were never going to wane.
The goalkeeper deserves credit for his turnaround in form and looks to be a United goalkeeper in the making.