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Jamie Carragher says Roy Keane and Rio Ferdinand wouldn't have stood for 'over the top' Andre Onana behaviour

Rory O'Callaghan

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Jamie Carragher says Roy Keane and Rio Ferdinand wouldn't have stood for 'over the top' Andre Onana behaviour

Jamie Carragher has doubled down on his criticism of Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana, claiming former captains like Roy Keane and Rio Ferdinand wouldn't have stood for it.

Onana, 27, has made an impressive start to his United career since joining from Ajax this summer.

But he has faced criticism from former Liverpool captain Carragher over his behaviour towards Harry Maguire in a pre-season friendly.

Earlier this week, Carragher slammed Onana for berating Maguire in a warm-up match against Borussia Dortmund – claiming the goalkeeper had only done it to 'endear' himself to United supporters.

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In Carragher's column for The Telegraph, he wrote: "One of the most distasteful incidents of all occurred during the friendly with Borussia Dortmund in July, when new signing Andre Onana started yelling at Maguire, in my view disgracefully playing to the gallery to endear himself to United fans.

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"I watched that in disbelief, but it said everything about what has gone wrong. Maguire was still the club captain then. He should have reacted furiously, put Onana in his box and demanded respect.

"Instead, he has the persona of someone whose confidence and authority is utterly broken."

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United fans responded to Carragher's comments by pointing out that Onana has acted the same way with other players throughout his career, and also since joining United.

The Guardian journalist Barney Ronay made a similar point in his column on Friday, claiming Onana is "too busy saving United to play mind games with Maguire".

Carragher swiftly responded to Ronay's claims with more criticism of Onana, claiming former United captains like Roy Keane and Rio Ferdinand wouldn't have stood for his "over the top" behaviour.

"I'm well aware of Onana being demonstrative at all his clubs, and I like the fact he communicates," Carragher posted on X.

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"But to carry on like that in a preseason game when you've been at the club 2mins, to the club captain, was way over the top.

"Any player worth their salt (Keane, Vidic, Rio, Stam…and me!) would have told him where to go & to get back in his goal. I felt he was trying far too hard to show the fans what he was about.

"The point was Maguire is that broken he didn't say anything back. When he was well within his rights to do so.

"Besides that another good column Barney!"

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Topics: Jamie Carragher, Football, Harry Maguire, Manchester United, Premier League, Andre Onana

Rory O'Callaghan
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