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Man United goalkeeper Andre Onana blames himself after conceding from near the halfway line against Lens

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Man United goalkeeper Andre Onana blames himself after conceding from near the halfway line against Lens

Man United goalkeeper Andre Onana blames himself’ Former Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana was left embarrassed and says he ‘takes all the criticism’ after conceding early in his Old Trafford debut in a pre-season friendly against Lens. 

The Manchester side had a shaky first-half performance, failing to make their return to Old Trafford far from impressive for home fans.

During his home debut, Onana was caught off his line by Lens’ Florian Sotoca who capitalised and lobbed the keeper from near the halfway line.

After the match, Onana said that he is ‘responsible for everything, especially the goals we concede’, as fans took to social media to share their thoughts on the incident.

Into the second half, United managed to regain control and went on to secure a victory against the Ligue 1 side in their penultimate pre-season match.

Manchester United's Andre Onana was left embarrassed after conceding from the halfway line

Manchester United’s Andre Onana was left embarrassed after conceding from the halfway line

Man United goalkeeper Andre Onana blames himself - Onana was making his debut at Old Trafford following his £47million move from Inter Milan
Man United goalkeeper Andre Onana blames himself

Onana was making his debut at Old Trafford following his £47million move from Inter Milan

‘We can always be better. Some things we have to try and fix’ said the £47m goalkeeper.

‘I am responsible for everything, especially the goals we concede. I am proud of what my defenders did.

‘I am the big man in the back so I take all the criticism

Erik Ten Hag’s side began the match against Ligue 1 side Lens with a star line-up with top scorer Marcus Rashford starting up front for the Reds, and Old Trafford debutant Mason Mount in midfield.

The second half saw goals from Marcus Rashford, Antony, and Casemiro which secured the 3-1 victory for the Reds.

The new number seven faced criticism online after scuppering an early open-goal opportunity assisted by Alejandro Garnacho and Bruno Fernandes, with fans taking to X – formerly Twitter – to express their frustration.

Garnacho duly squared the ball to Mount inside the 6-yard box but the star signing was unable to connect with his strike, with the ball instead recoiling off his standing leg.

Following the catastrophic miss, United fans took to social media, to question Ten Hag’s desire to sign the 24-year-old who he first scouted after impressing him while on loan at Vitesse.

Man United fans immediately took to social media to share their views about the £60m signing

Man United fans immediately took to social media to share their views about the £60m signing

Questions were raised about the former Chelsea midfielder's value after the club spent £60m

Questions were raised about the former Chelsea midfielder’s value after the club spent £60m

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Mount failed to score for his new club, with Garnacho's pass bouncing off his standing leg

Mount failed to score for his new club, with Garnacho’s pass bouncing off his standing leg

The Red Devils went on to win the match 3-1, with goals from Rashford, Antony, and Casemiro

The Red Devils went on to win the match 3-1, with goals from Rashford, Antony, and Casemiro

The 27-year-old goalkeeper will hope to fare better when the real action gets underway, with United starting their Premier League campaign at home to Wolves on August 14.

One fan wrote: ‘What I’ve learnt from MU pre-season: 1. We overpaid for Mount. Presses well, but the final third leaves a lot be desired. Not convinced on this signing, but will be happy to be proven wrong.’

Another questioned the United manager’s decision: ‘Why exactly did Ten Hag and Man United sign Mount?’

The 20-year-old Danish striker was unveiled on the pitch at Old Trafford before the match

The 20-year-old Danish striker was unveiled on the pitch at Old Trafford before the match

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Rasmus Hojlund, 20, has put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Erik Ten Hag's side after becoming Manchester United's third major signing of the summer transfer window

Rasmus Hojlund, 20, has put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Erik Ten Hag’s side after becoming Manchester United’s third major signing of the summer transfer window

Before the match, Old Trafford welcomed their latest signing, Rasmus Hojlund – who signed to United for a £72m fee from Serie A side Atalanta.

Hojlund emerged through the ranks with Denmark and scored nine Serie A goals last season for Atalanta following a £15m move from Austrian club Sturm Graz.

Manchester United have faced Premier League rivals Arsenal in their pre-season friendlies, beating the London side 2-0 and a further 5-3 on penalties.

Erik Ten Hag’s side did not fare so well against European giants Dortmund and Real Madrid – both teams that they can expect to face in their Champions League campaign.

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