Erik ten Hag has struggled to replicate the success of his first campaign at Old Trafford and Man Utd are understandably keen to add quality reinforcements in January.
In addition, Everton midfielder Onana has been identified as a key target, while Scott McTominay could potentially be used as a makeweight in a deal due to Sean Dyche’s admiration for the Scotland international.
We understand that Financial Fair Play regulations mean Man Utd are slightly hamstrung in the financial department, but Ten Hag wants to add Onana amid Casemiro’s injury problems.
Furthermore, sources have informed us that Onana was ahead of Sofyan Amrabat on Man Utd’s summer transfer wish-list, but the Red Devils were unable to finance a move for the Belgian and hence signed Amrabat on loan instead.
Now, they are looking to sign Onana in a bid to bolster their starting XI and close the gap to the top four.
How Man Utd could line up with Amadou Onana
Onana’s potential arrival wouldn’t change things at the back, with his namesake Andre Onana set to remain in between the sticks, while a back four of Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw would likely be Ten Hag’s first-choice if they are all fully fit.
In midfield is where Onana would slot. The all-action Belgian would be an instant upgrade on Amrabat and given Casemiro’s struggles, he is probably a better option than the Brazilian too.
As a result, he would fit in perfectly next to United wonderkid Kobbie Mainoo, with the pair complementing each other nicely.
Their protection would allow Bruno Fernandes to shine in the No.10 role, while Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho would flank Rasmus Hojlund in attack.
Man Utd starting XI with Amadou Onana
GK: Andre Onana
RB: Diogo Dalot
CB: Raphael Varane
CB: Lisandro Martinez
LB: Luke Shaw
DM: Amadou Onana
DM: Kobbie Mainoo
RW: Alejandro Garnacho
AM: Bruno Fernandes
LW: Marcus Rashford
ST: Rasmus Hojlund