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'Something there' - Gary Neville gives hope to underfire Manchester United star

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville is hopeful Andre Onana will come good at Old Trafford after naming him as his one to watch before the season began.

At the end of last season, it had become obvious that Erik ten Hag needed to bring in a new goalkeeper after David de Gea made several major mistakes. His preference was to bring in a shot-stopper who could play out from the back and thus he turned to Inter's Onana who he had worked with at Ajax.

However, it is fair to say the Cameroonian has endured a mixed season at Old Trafford. Ahead of January's Africa Cup of Nations, Onana was under heavy criticism and delayed his arrival at the tournament to ensure he did not lose his place to Altay Bayindir.

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In 2024, the 28-year-old has improved but has still been prone to the odd error. After being mocked by Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football for picking him as his one to watch, Neville argued why he was standing by his pre-season decision.

He explained: "Onana was the one to watch and has been the one to watch. A one to watch is Manchester United’s goalkeeper having just lost David De Gea who they have had for 10 years. That is certainly one to watch.

"I would say probably in some ways, he has scored par. When he started off he struggled, in the Champions League he struggled, obviously.

"He has had a decent second half to the season, made the odd mistake but shown personality and character. I think he needs that second season inside of him to come to terms with it. There is something there."

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