Manchester United’s Onana on Ten Hag: ‘I’m not here to back him’

Manchester United goalkeeper André Onana has praised Erik ten Hag amid serious doubts over the manager’s future at the club, but said he is “not here to support” the Dutchman.

Ten Hag is under heavy pressure at Old Trafford after United recorded their worst Premier League result and missed out on a Champions League place.

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Onana, who also worked with Ten Hag at Ajax, said the 54-year-old is a quality coach but said he does not need backing despite the possibility of him being sacked after the FA Cup final against Manchester City on Saturday.

“He’s a good guy, a good coach,” Onana said.

“Tactically he is very good and he showed it last season. I wasn’t here last season and they were in the top four. A lot of things happened this season. I’m not here to back him. He’s big enough to back himself.” But he’s a really good guy, he’s a positive coach and tactically he’s good.”

Ten Hag’s future is in doubt after leading United to finish eighth in the Premier League. It means they will have to beat City at Wembley on Saturday to qualify for Europe next season.

Injuries to key players including Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw have not helped, with Onana admitting it has been a “difficult” campaign for the United boss.

“If (Ten Hag) had all his gear, it would probably be different,” Onana said.

“This season is difficult for him, for us, for the club, for the fans because it is frustrating for the fans when they leave and how we are losing, it is difficult.”

Ten Hag has selection decisions to make ahead of the cup final, including whether to bring Marcus Rashford back into his starting XI.

Rashford scored 30 goals last season, but has only managed eight this season. His drop in form has seen him miss out on a place in England’s squad for Euro 2024, but Onana said the 26-year-old will bounce back.

“How many goals did he score last season? How many goals did he score this season? We’re talking about the same player,” Onana said.

“Is he a bad player? So last season was good, this season is bad? No. It’s just a moment. You can have a bad season, you can have a bad start. But the most important thing is how you finish.” , and Rashy, for me, is one of the best players in the world.

“But he is facing difficulties, like us, not just him and me, but the whole club. And he will be back, and I know that my killer will score some important goals for us. Hopefully on Saturday he will score two and we will win the FA Cup.”