Manchester United legend Paul Parker has slammed the club’s decision to replace David de Gea with Andre Onana.
The former Red Devils defender stated that United boss Erik ten Hag should have retained David de Gea, whom he considers a superior goalkeeper, instead of signing Andre Onana.
The club had initially offered a new contract to De Gea with a reduced weekly wage from £375,000, but later withdrew that offer and presented a new deal with even lower terms.
As a result, the Spaniard explored his alternatives, and eventually, both the player and the club announced his departure on a free transfer.
The club then signed Onana for €55 million from Inter Milan as the Spaniard’s replacement. So far, the new goalie has been far from convincing in his four Premier League appearances for the club.
According to Parker, the Red Devils should have remained faithful to De Gea instead of making this change. While talking to Bettors (as quoted by the Mirror), he said:
“I can’t come out and say that I dislike Andre Onana because I don´t. If we could go back in time, I would still have stuck with David De Gea. I still think he is a better goalkeeper.
“But that doesn´t make Onana a terrible goalkeeper. He is a good goalkeeper and he has been a part of improving the build-up play and I think he can be a good asset on the counterattacks as well.”