Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United’s senior defenders will be responsible for helping Andre Onana out of his early slump at Old Trafford.
The former centre-back was marshalling United’s defence when a young David de Gea arrived in 2011. Much like Onana, the former Spain international did not settle in immediately and the key, Ferdinand says from that experience, is for team-mates to make new goalkeepers feel appreciated and ease off the criticism when mistakes occur.
“When they make a good save it’s about reassuring them, when they make a mistake it’s about not berating them. There will be times when you have to berate someone like that but when you know someone was young and fragile, like David was, you’ve got to be clever around those situations.
He wanted to feel his team-mates had confidence. If your team-mates have confidence in you, f*** what anyone else has said. That’s what the experienced players at Man United have to do now, rally around.”
Yet from his brief interactions with Onana, Ferdinand believes the Cameroon international has enough self-belief to emerge stronger from his tough time. He added: “He looks like a confident kid. I’ve spoken to him a couple of times and he seems confident. Mistakes are part of it. He understands that.
“But we have to remember that he’s not a goalkeeper who hasn’t had these moments before. He’s made mistakes and come back. He’s played for Inter Milan in a champions league inal, he’s played for Ajax in the Europa league final.
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