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Erik ten Hag was convinced to sign Andre Onana for Man Utd after three key moments

Erik ten Hag was convinced to sign Andre Onana for Man Utd after three key moments

Ten Hag knew he had to act.

It took three moments to convince Erik ten Hag to sign Andre Onana for Manchester United, according to a new report.

The Cameroon goalkeeper moved to Old Trafford earlier in July for a fee of £47.2 million, as a direct replacement for David de Gea.

The goalkeeping position had been a priority for Ten Hag since allowing De Gea to leave the club on a free transfer in July after a 12-year spell.

United faced the prospect of Dean Henderson, who was loaned out to Nottingham Forest last season, being the club's number one goalkeeper despite mass uncertainty over his future.

Instead, Onana will fill that role. He brings with him a wealth of experience, having reached the Champions League final last season with Inter Milan and played under Ten Hag at Ajax.

One of his main strengths is his distribution, especially when under pressure - a key part of Ten Hag's playing style.

And according to a new report, the United boss decided to target the shot-stopper after three key moments last season.

Why Man Utd signed Onana

The Athletic claim that it was three errors made by De Gea last term that convinced Ten Hag to act and sign a new number one goalkeeper for the upcoming campaign.

United had been in talks with De Gea over a new contract, with Fabrizio Romano claiming in May that both parties were close to agreeing fresh terms.

But the club eventually decided to withdraw their offer to the Spaniard, and The Athletic have reported the thinking behind that decision.

They say that the two goals De Gea conceded in the FA Cup final against Manchester City, in which he could not keep out long distance efforts from Ilkay Gundogan, played a role, as well as the fact that he had to kick the ball out due to City's aggressive pressing.

De Gea also made an error that led to goals in the 3-0 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League, a scoreline which led to United's exit from the competition at the quarter final stage.

He also made an error in the 1-0 defeat to West Ham in the same month, with those moments convincing Ten Hag that he had to make yet another big decision in his managerial stint at Old Trafford.

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Topics: Andre Onana, Erik Ten Hag, Manchester United, Premier League