Manchester United dealt blow as Andre Onana agrees to play for Cameroon at AFCON

A nightmare situation for United.

Manchester United dealt blow as Andre Onana agrees to play for Cameroon at AFCON
Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana
Manchester United are set to lose Andre Onana for Cameroon’s AFCON campaign (Shutterstock)

Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana has decided to play for Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations which starts in January, according to reports.

Onana was expected to miss the tournament after he was kicked out of Cameroon’s World Cup squad last November following a bust-up with head coach Rigobert Song.

But Onana made his return and kept a clean sheet in Cameroon’s 3-0 win against Burundi in September, while earlier this month he played in his nation’s 1-0 defeat to Senegal in a friendly.

United have been unsure whether they would lose their £47.2 million goalkeeper at the start of 2024, but according to the i, Onana has now opted to represent his national side at AFCON.

‘At the moment he plans to play in every game he is called up for,’ a source close to Onana told the newspaper.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, Rasmus Hojlund and Andre Onana look dejected after the match
Andre Onana is set to miss several games for Manchester United at the start of 2024 (Reuters)

The tournament, which will be held in the Ivory Coast, starts on January 13 while the final will be played on February 11.

Onana’s decision means he could miss several games for United in the Premier League, the FA Cup, and potentially the Carabao Cup and the Champions League if Cameroon reach the final.

United are set to face Tottenham, Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa in the Premier League during Onana’s absence.

United will now be forced to rely on Turkish goalkeeper Altay Bayindir, who is yet to make an appearance since his arrival from Fenerbahce in the summer, or third-choice Tom Heaton.

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