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Andre Onana hits back at Man Utd critics after Everton win and tells fans ‘trust me’ | Football | Sport

Andre Onana has come out fighting in defence of Manchester United’s recent performances, suggesting he and his Red Devils team-mates will continue to ‘fight for everything’. Despite the victory over Everton, Erik ten Hag’s side continued to look shaky at the back, with the visitors unfortunate not to have taken something from the game.

While the scoreline suggested a comfortable afternoon for Ten Hag and his United players, events on the pitch were anything but. Netting twice from the spot, goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford gave United a 2-0 advantage at the break, but had Everton been more efficient in front of goal, it could’ve easily been another disastrous Old Trafford outing for United.

That’s because Sean Dyche’s side outshot United by 23 to 15, with Onana himself forced into six saves across the 90 minutes. However, the shot-stopper has shut down claims that United are struggling defensively, insisting they were ‘solid’ during the win over Everton.

“I’m happy for the victory because it was an important game for us,” Onana claimed. “Every game at the moment is like a final.

“We were solid defensively and we had to be brave against a very good opponent, especially in the first half. We had to build up from the back and that’s what we did right before the goal. Now we get ready for the coming games.”

It’s been a mixed start to life in England for Onana. At fault for some high-profile mistakes early on in his United career, the Cameroon international has settled into the number-one role at Old Trafford.

In fact, Onana – perhaps surprisingly – boasts the second-most clean sheets in the division, something he believes is proof United’s defence is performing well.

He added: “That means we’re good at defending. My defenders, midfielders and strikers are sacrificing for the team and that’s what we work for. You will see much more, trust me. Hopefully, in the coming years, we’ll fight for big things. That means trying to finish in the top four this season, which is very important for us to be in the Champions League. We’ll fight for everything.”

Onana is right in a sense, the big matches do keep coming for United, with few bigger than an FA Cup clash against Liverpool. That’s next up for Ten Hag’s side, who could secure a fourth Wembley visit in two seasons, should they defeat Jurgen Klopp and Co. at Old Trafford next weekend.

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