Andre Onana admits it’s a ‘big honour’ to sign for Man United as goalkeeper speaks for first time since making £47m move from Inter Milan
Andre Onana has admitted that he’s ‘very excited’ to get to work after joining Manchester United from Inter Milan.
The Cameroonian shotstopper completed a £47.1m transfer from Inter earlier this week and put an end to weeks of speculation over his future.
The 27-year-old put pen to paper a five-year contract with the Red Devils, with an option for a further year, and will reunite with Erik ten Hag after previously working together at Ajax.
Onana has already met his new team-mates and got stuck into a training session after jetting to New Jersey to join the Red Devils on their pre-season tour of America.
And now, in an exclusive sneak preview interview with the club, the Cameroonian revealed that it is a ‘big honour’ to play for the club.
Andre Onana has spoken for the first time since his move to Manchester United in a sneak peak interview
‘Thank you. How excited am I? I’m very excited. For me, it’s a big honour. It’s a big privilege to be a part of this big club, part of this family, for me it’s great, Onana said.
‘I’m really excited. I’m happy, and look, I’m really motivated and I’m really looking forward (to playing for Manchester United).’
After already taking part in training this week, the former Inter Milan No 1 could make his debut for the Red Devils against Arsenal on Saturday night.
The two Premier League giants will go head-to-head in New Jersey as part of the Premier League Summer Series.
United’s new star keeper looks set to replace the void between the posts left by De Gea, who left Old Trafford after 12 years at the club in June.
Prior to completing his move to Old Trafford, Onana revealed that the chance to play in the Premier League was irresistible.
‘The important thing is to be honest and always tell people the truth,’ the former Ajax keeper said. ‘I am a person who always wants new challenges.
Andre Onana could be in line to make his Manchester United debut against Arsenal this evening
‘Playing in the Premier League and for a club like United is irresistible. All parties wanted this to happen.
‘But what matters is that, even if I had stayed, I would have been equally happy because I never had any problems at Inter. Indeed, a magic was born in Milan that is almost difficult to explain.’
When asked on how he felt about following in the footsteps of storied Man United goalkeepers such as Peter Schmeichel, Edwin van de Sar, and David de Gea, Onana added: ‘Being chosen to continue this tradition makes me proud and responsible: I want to win trophies with my new companions.’
Onana could make his competitive debut on Monday, August 14 when the Red Devils host Wolverhampton Wanderers in their opening game of the 2023/24 season.