Goalkeeper André Onana has taken the blame for Manchester United’s 4-3 loss to Bayern Munich in Wednesday night’s Champions League.
The Cameroonian keeper was at fault for Bayern’s opening goal of the game after a fairly straightforward shot from ex-Man City star Leroy Sané slipped through his fingers.
Despite getting back into the game through Rasmus Højlund‘s first goal for the club, United suffered even more misfortune when new signing Harry Kane scored a penalty following Christian Eriksen’s accidental handball, and the away side once again found themselves chasing a two-goal deficit.
The final few minutes of the game got even more frantic, with Casemiro pulling another one back for Erik ten Hag‘s side, Bayern hitting the post twice before and eventually adding a fourth through substitute Mathys Tel, only for the former Real Madrid midfielder to grab another with the last kick of the game.
While luck played its part at either end of the pitch, both good and bad, Onana came out after the game to state that it was his mistake that ultimately saw his team on the wrong end of the seven-goal thriller and even specifically requested to speak in a series of post-match interviews on behalf of the squad.
Speaking to club legend and a former world-class keeper, Peter Schmeichel reporting for CBS Sports, Onana made the brave choice to come out and publicly take the blame for the Red Devils’ disappointing return to the Champions League, insisting, “It’s because of me we didn’t win today”.
While he began by saying “mistakes are part of life for a goalkeeper” and that he was “happy with the effort of the team” overall, he went on to state, “I have to assume responsibility… the mistake I made for the goal we conceded came in a bad moment and at that time we were in control of the game.
“After that goal, we fell down… it’s not an easy situation but it’s time to accept and be responsible… work hard and keep believing because we are Manchester United… sh*t happens”. He had similar words for TNT Sports too, summing up his interview in one answer: “I’m the one who let the team down”.
While the defeat will still be a tough one to take, the reaction to Onana’s honesty and willingness to front up in such a way from United fans has been positive, with many commenting “fair play” and calling it the kind of “classy” response they want to see.
He was also praised before the game for speaking on “togetherness”, adding that although they win and lose and draw as a team, he can take people pointing the finger at him.
In fact, the former Ajax shot-stopper has been perfectly candid ever since he became David de Gea‘s successor and went on to admit, “I have a lot to prove because, to be honest, my start in Manchester is not so good”.
Nevertheless, he remained resilient through his various post-match interviews and insisted he simply has to take it on the chin and learn from the experience, with several online also reminding supporters that de Gea didn’t make a perfect start to life at Old Trafford either and made many similar mistakes towards the end.
“We’re going to go through this moment together because we’re strong as a team.”
His manager also made a point of making sure their new number one didn’t shoulder all the responsibility for the game either, noting that while “mistakes will always happen in football”, he wasn’t the only reason that goal ended up in the back of the net.
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Scott McTominay jokes he’s ‘fuming’ he didn’t score a hat-trick against Chelsea as he reflects on Man United’s mentality
Scott McTominay has joked he’s “fuming” with himself after failing to score a hat-trick in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday nightand shed some light on the mentality around Old Trafford.
McTominay starred in the Red Devils’ win over Mauricio Pochettino’s side on a cold night at home, managing to bag a brace with a goal in the first and second half to get his squad over the line, but he himself said he could have had more.
Speaking to MUTV after the game, the 26-year-old said he and the squad knew they needed to drum up a reaction after the Newcastle disappointment, adding that contributing more goals is something he wants to keep working on and insisting that plenty of people back him to do so.
Confessing that his mum, dad and grandad have all been encouraging him to “get in the box” and that he just needs to “believe in [him]self and go for it”, the Scotsman did go on to quip he was “fuming” to not grab a third as he shook his head went on to shake and reveal a wry smile.
Commentator and presenter Stewart Gardner went on to list McTominay’s impressive stats this season, having now scored 14 goals in his last 33 appearances for club and country. A seriously good rate from a midfielder typically entrusted to help link play and break things up in the middle of the park.
Now boasting half a dozen goals and an assist across all competitions so far this campaign, he sits as the club’s leading goalscorer in the Premier League with five finishes to his name — with only Bruno Fernandes having contributed more (five goals and five assists) — he’s genuinely become one of Man United’s main goal threats.
While he recently rubbished talk that he played as a striker regularly coming up through the youth academy, simply having been deployed for the odd game in reality, he has always had a shot on him and it isn’t the first time he’s bagged a winner or a big goal for the Reds. This wasn’t a bad one either:
Chatting with the pundits on Amazon Prime Sport, he reiterated that he could have had “one or two more” on another night and agreed that the performance against Newcastle in the previous fixture was “pretty abysmal”, holding his hands up to admit that it was “no way near good enough”.
Reflecting on the later chance he had to seal the hat-trick towards the end of the game, he said he simply needed to “calm down on the last one”.
As for the mentality to get the result during a difficult period where the club remained under a lot of scrutiny from pundits and fans alike, McTominay went on to say that the manager is responsible for the way they played and some “lighter training sessions to keep energy levels up” definitely helped.
Regardless, he was sure to not get ahead of himself and assured ten Hag‘s team were still taking things a game at a time. You can watch the full highlights from Manchester United vs Chelsea down below:
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Kevin Sinfield has entered the final leg of yet another ultra marathon challenge for MND
Ex-rugby player turned England coach Kevin Sinfield has begun the final day of yet another incredible ultra marathon challenge he is undertaking to raise money and awareness around motor neurone disease (MND), with the sports personality scheduled to finish up this Thursday.
Having set off on 1 December, the Oldham-born athlete is facing what he has called easily his “toughest challenge” yet, taking on the newly-dubbed ‘Ultra 7 in 7 in 7’, which will see him once again run an ultra marathon every day for seven days across seven different cities.
Following on from his first Ultra 7 in 7 back in 2020 and most recent one last year, the Leeds Rhinos legend has now raised well over £8 million pounds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), the cause he got behind following his former teammate and best mate Rob Burrow’s diagnosis in 2019.
Now, having taken on the incredible feat once again — running the equivalent of 27 miles (43km) a day — Sinfield is hoping to not just reach the trademark £777,777 fundraising target, but smash it for a fourth consecutive time. Here he is finishing up his penultimate leg in his second home.
Setting off from Yorkshire’s iconic Headingley Stadium with a team of friends and volunteers, the 43-year-old has passed through the likes of Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Dublin and Brighton, and is now staring down one last push towards the finale from Twickenham Stadium to the Mall in London.
Having already amassed over £557k in donations since the start of his remarkable journey, he is well on course to reach the finish line in every sense of the word.
The best part about this most recent Ultra 7 fundraising challenge, though, is that beyond just putting in the hard yards in Burrow‘s name and raising money for the MNDA, the funds generated from this series of runs will be going to multiple causes.
As well as the Leeds Hospitals Charity and The Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, money will also be going to the Irish MNDA set up by former Scottish rugby player, Doddie Weir, who sadly died from the condition in 2022 but has remained an inspiration to Sinfield and countless others over recent years.
Having echoed his lasting sentiment that “MND isn’t untreatable, it’s just underfunded” throughout his own campaigning for the cause, the local sporting hero will also be representing the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation in his honour. Heartwarming stuff.
As we’re sure is the case for all of you too, we’ve been absolutely blown away by this man over the last few years not only in his ability to keep completing these huge feats of endurance but by the size of his heart in continuing to fundraise on such a massive scale.
From raising awareness around MND and becoming an emblem of friendship with his best mate Rob, Kevin Sinfield has truly set an example for all of us and will no doubt prove a role model to millions for years to come.