Written By Onyeka Daniel
A video recently circulating on social media where new Manchester United goalkeeper, Andre Onana was seen shouting at the club’s former captain and defender, Harry Maguire has garnered plenty of reactions from fans and pundits alike.
The former Inter Milan goalkeeper who joined the Red Devils for a £47m fee came on at half-time for Tom Heaton for his second appearance after an impressive debut against Real Madrid and he went for Maguire early on.
He made a strong save to deny Sebastien Haller after which Karim Adeyemi was unable to convert on the rebound too. But while the opportunity pass, Onana was furious with Maguire for a slack pass in the middle of the park that led to the attack and didn’t afford to make his feelings known to his teammate.
While the fans were seen praising the goalkeeper for his actions, especially on Twitter, former Aston Villa and England international Gabriel Agbonlahor was critical of Onana’s outburst towards Maguire. United were 1-0 up through Diogo Dalot’s goal in the 24th minute, but conceded two goals in two minutes to find themselves 2-1 down at half-time.
Donyell Malen struck twice, capitalising on costly errors from Brandon Williams and Victor Lindelof at the back. This is a clear indication that his actions are justified, but according to Agbonlahor, Onana’s action weren’t justified.
The new United keeper showed he will bring more than just ball-playing ability to the team after the game in Las Vegas. Maguire, who was stripped of the United captaincy earlier this month, kept his cool, however many in the media have since come out in support of the defender.
Agbonlahor was critical of Onana’s outburst towards Maguire, who he deemed an “easy target”. When asked for his opinion on the incident on TalkSPORT, Agbonlahor said: “First of all, Harry Maguire didn’t do anything wrong. “He played a ball to a midfielder and the midfielder gave it away. And I feel like he’s an easy target. I don’t like that from Onana. Are you doing that to [Lisandro] Martinez? Are you running after [Marcus] Rashford like that? I don’t think you are.
“Maguire’s an easy target so I didn’t like the look of that. I understand it if it was a big mistake and it cost a goal or it’s Harry Maguire’s fault. Fair enough. “But I want to see that same energy for every player.” When asked whether Onana was merely replicating United legend Peter Schmeichel’s behaviour, Agbonlahor repeated: “As long as he does it to everyone.
“Maguire is going through that phase now with Man Utd fans on social media [saying] ‘leave, leave, leave.’ “He’s not going to react to [Onana] Harry Maguire. He’s thinking, ‘Keep a low profile because I want to fight for my place’. So I didn’t like it and it wasn’t even a mistake from Harry Maguire.”
While a move away from the club continues to circulate, the player has already insisted that he would like to stay and fight for his place despite losing the captaincy and a €20m offer from West Ham has been reportedly rejected by the club too.
In an apparent move that could further boost the club’s transfer activities, Manchester United have announced a 10-year extension to their partnership with German kit makers, Adidas.
This deal with the German sportswear brand as their official uniform supplier will run to 2035 and “has a minimum cash guarantee of £900million, subject to certain adjustments,” the team said, making it the most lucrative in Premier League history. “It is very natural for us to continue our cooperation,” Adidas CEO Bjorn Gulden said.
“We will combine tradition and innovation to please both the players and the fans. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with one of the most iconic clubs in football.” The deal for the club’s single biggest source of revenue provides stability at a time when it is up for sale, with United’s American ownership weighing up offers from Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani and English businessman Jim Ratcliffe.
Adidas supplied United’s uniform from 1980-1992 and the partnership started again at the beginning of the 2015-16 season. It could be a timely boost as Erik Ten Hag pursues a move for Fiorentina midfielder, Sofyan Amrabat and another defender. After spending over €150 on Mason Mount, Onana and Rasmus Hojlund, any move would have to be funded by the sales of player.
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