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Andre Onana Reveals Why He Refuses to Wear the No.1 Shirt at Man Utd

Man Utd goalkeeper Andre Onana and Erik ten Hag

The Cameroonian is thrilled to reunite with his former Ajax boss (Pictures: Getty / MUTV)

Manchester United’s newest goalkeeper, Andre Onana, has explained why he opted for the unconventional No.24 shirt and why he believes Erik ten Hag is one of the world’s best coaches.

Onana, who recently completed a £47 million transfer from Inter to Old Trafford, has decided not to wear the traditional No.1 shirt, which became available after David de Gea’s departure. Instead, he has chosen to stick with the No.24, a number he has previously worn during his time at Ajax and Inter.

The chosen number holds significance as it reflects his date of birth – 2nd April. Onana hopes that this choice brings him good luck during his time at Manchester United.

When asked about his decision, the 27-year-old told MUTV, “I just like that number and it’s my birthday, my date of birth. So for me, it’s great, and I like this shirt. With this number, we have achieved a lot, and I hope this will continue.”

Onana’s move to Old Trafford also sees him reunite with his former coach, Erik ten Hag, as well as his former teammates from Ajax – Lisandro Martinez, Antony, and Donny van de Beek. This played a significant role in his decision to join Manchester United.

Speaking about the impact Ten Hag has had on him, Onana expressed, “He has had a huge impact on me, to be honest. We have accomplished great things together, reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League with Ajax. It’s not easy to achieve such a feat with a club like Ajax. It’s something that only happens every 20 or 25 years.”

New Man Utd goalkeeper Andre Onana

Onana takes part in his first training session with United (Picture: Getty)

He continued, “We have a great relationship. He’s a top coach, one of the best in the world. It’s not just about saying these things; now it’s time to demonstrate it. It won’t be easy, but I’m confident that with the team and spirit we have, we will fight for success here.”

Reuniting with his former Ajax teammates has also been a positive experience for Onana. He shared, “Even before I came here, I was already in contact with them, and they were giving me advice about the club, the players, and everything that’s going on. It helped me a lot, and I’m very happy to be here.”

He added, “I have spoken to many players, and they have all advised me on how difficult it is to play here and how special the Premier League is. It’s not easy for everyone to compete in this league. But they have already given me advice, so I just have to put it into practice.”

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