MANCHESTER UNITED supporters have hailed Andre Onana for agreeing to play Tottenham 24 hours before Cameroon’s first Afcon fixture.
United negotiated Onana’s departure for the tournament with Cameroon following the club’s dismal start to the season.
United have also now reached an agreement to keep Onana for their crucial Premier League clash with Tottenham on January 14.
This means Onana will leave Old Trafford immediately after facing Ange Postecoglou’s side, which kicks off at 4.30pm.
He will then take a seven-hour flight to Cameroon‘s camp before their match with Guinea starts at 5pm the following afternoon.
He will be available for the clash with Guinea.
The club understood he would not be going to Afcon when they paid Inter Milan £47million for him in the summer.
But Cameroon persuaded him to change his mind.
Boss Erik ten Hag was adamant that Onana’s original promise that he would be available throughout his first English campaign should be honoured at least to some extent.
Throughout his absence, United are expected to use summer signing Altay Bayindir.
The Turkish shot stopper is yet to make his debut since joining from Fenerbahce.
But many United fans have praised Onana for his devotion to the club.
One wrote: “That’s crazy though.”
Another said: “It’s good to see how dedicated he is to the team.”
A third wrote: “Fair play to him.”
During the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Onana left the squad camp before their tournament exit after falling out with manager Rigobert Song.
But he was recalled for the September internationals after impressing during Inter Milan’s run to the Champions League final last season.
If Cameroon do not manage to qualify from their group which also includes Senegal and Gambia my may not miss any club fixtures thanks to the deal that now been struck.