Last night, Manchester United’s goalkeeper, Andre Onana, was on international duty with the Cameroon national team.
A report published by ESPN earlier this month had suggested that Andre Onana might contemplate skipping the African Cup of Nations to concentrate on improving his form with Manchester United. Nevertheless, he is currently still a part of the Cameroon squad, actively participating in friendly matches, which indicates that he will likely accept the call to represent his country at the AFCON in January.
After serving as an unused substitute during Cameroon’s match against Russia last week, Onana returned to the starting lineup last night. He featured in Cameroon’s friendly encounter with Senegal, which was held in France.
Unfortunately for Onana, Cameroon faced another defeat as Senegal secured a 1-0 victory. Sadio Mane, the former Liverpool forward, netted the decisive goal by expertly converting a penalty, leaving Onana with no chance.
Despite the unfavorable result for Cameroon, Onana displayed a confident performance that impressed onlookers. The Manchester United star adeptly held onto the ball and distributed crucial passes even under pressure from Mane and his Senegalese teammates.
At least in this match, Onana managed to avoid conceding any goals from open play. However, his confidence would have undoubtedly benefitted from being on the winning side.
Nevertheless, the change of environment and a positive showing may have had a beneficial impact on Onana’s mindset. He has faced a challenging period since joining Manchester United.