Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke believes Erik ten Hag’s decision to replace David de Gea with summer signing Andre Onana, might come back to haunt him if the Cameroonian continues to struggle.
So far, the 27-year-old is yet to justify the £44m the club paid Inter Milan to sign him after series of error-strewn displays that have left many questioning Ten Hag’s decision to being bring him to Old Trafford.
Yorke feels ten Hag took a massive risk in signing the player as his style of play could be exploited in the Premier League.
“They always say the grass is never greener on the other side,” Yorke told investment data analysis platform Stocklytics.
“I told everybody that they should be careful what they wish for!
“If you study Onana, and I’m sure Ten Hag did, you’ll see there’s a massive risk with the way he plays – especially in the English game.
“It’s totally different, and you thought Onana would have known that by now. There are a lot of crosses and a lot of passes in and around the box and you need a goalkeeper who can handle those situations.
“Yes, you need a ‘keeper who wants to play out from the back, and that’s Onana’s philosophy. It’s high-risk, high reward. It’s brilliant when it works, but when it doesn’t, it looks like the manager has got his selection totally wrong. It’s clear to see that the goalkeeping department has been a massive struggle for United.
“Managers can look like the fool sometimes by bringing someone in who doesn’t work. I was at the club when Sir Alex brought Massimo Taibi into the side, and he didn’t quite work out.
“The manager did, however, realise that very quickly. I’m not sure if Ten Hag will do that, or if he’s stubborn enough to back Onana. We don’t know.”