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Manchester United's Andre Onana convinced he will put struggles behind him and succeed at Old Trafford

Manchester United's Andre Onana convinced he will put struggles behind him and succeed at Old Trafford

Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana has opened up on his early season struggles in new interview ahead of Manchester City clash.

Andre Onana is determined to put a "difficult time" behind him and succeed at Manchester United after replacing David De Gea in between the sticks this season.

Onana had built up a very good reputation in Europe and was the star of the show for Inter Milan in last season's Champions League final defeat to Man City.

The goalkeeper arrived at Old Trafford last summer in a reported £60m deal, but the Cameroon international's start to life in the Premier League went far from smoothly.

Onana was heavily criticised after a catalogue of mistakes early in the season with his Champions League performances particularly damning, however, since returning from the AFCON Onana appears to be in a much better place.

The 27-year-old opened up on his struggles at Old Trafford in the Daily Mail.

"It took me six months or seven months not to play good, just to feel good," he explained.

"It was a difficult time for me. Now I'm feeling a bit better because everything was new. It was difficult for me to feel at home because of so many reasons, a new country.

"But now I'm feeling good. I don't want to talk about my performance because I know the goalkeeper I am and I have done much more than what I just did. So, for me, the most important thing is to be set, to be happy and I will shine," The former Ajax man continued.

Onana also made it clear he believes he's turned the corner and can now fully kick on at United after putting his woes behind him.

"I think I had a turning point, but not on the pitch because, like I said, more mental because everything was different," he said.

"Of course, I moved last season from Amsterdam (Ajax) to Milan, but that adaptation was quite easy.

"But it took me seven, eight months here. It was just time to learn and just go game by game. I hope we will end on top."

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During the interview, Onana praised both his fans and teammates for sticking by him during his dark moments earlier in the season.

"They always believed in me, they told me from the beginning, 'Andre, listen, the quality is there, it's just a matter of time,' he said.

"I am very happy, especially with the supporters, the fans. They were nice with me even in difficult periods and I'm very thankful. I can only thank them.

"I think everything is behind me. Now we have to move on and I think together a great time will come."

Onana will be hoping to back this up at the weekend against local rivals Manchester City, as Erik ten Hag's men aim to upset their neighbours title bid.

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Topics: Manchester United, Andre Onana, Premier League, Inter Milan, Champions League, Erik Ten Hag, Manchester City