Onana blames himself for conceding from halfway line on home debut

Andre Onana was happy to take the blame for Lens’ stunning halfway line goal in Manchester United’s pre-season friendly victory at Old Trafford.

United came from behind to beat Lens 3-1 on Saturday in a game that was somewhat overshadowed by Rasmus Hojlund’s unveiling following a £72m move from Atalanta.

The Premier League side found themselves behind after Diogo Dalot gave the ball away and Lens’ Florian Sotoca rifled a brilliant lob past Onana from just inside the United half.

‘Like I always say, I am responsible for everything, especially when we concede goals,’ said Onana, who completed a £47m move from Inter Milan last month.

‘I’m the big man at the back so I take all the criticism, all the responsibility is on me.’

Manchester United recovered from the Sotoca wonderstrike to clinch a 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford, Anthony and Casemiro.

Onana added to MUTV:

‘I’m happy for the win. Of course we can always be better. Some things we have to try to fix.’It was a great game for me and for the guys, some important goals and I’m happy for everything.’

United largely impressed in Ten Hag’s first season in England, finishing third in the Premier League and ending a six-year wait for a trophy by winning the League Cup.

Looking ahead to the new season, Onana said:

‘I think this year will be great, I am very excited for the coming games. I’m already excited for Wolves, but we will have to prepare well because it’s not going to be easy.

‘Everybody is working hard and I’m very confident and positive everything will be right if we do the right things.”‘

Asked about playing at Old Trafford for the first time, the 27-year-old added:

‘I am so happy for my debut. But the most important thing was the victory.'[The cheering from fans during the warm-up] was a great welcome for me. I am happy for the victory, today was important and now we get ready for the coming games.’

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