After Manchester United tackle Tottenham Hotspur within the Premier League this weekend, goalkeeper Andre Onana will jet off to link-up with the Cameroon squad for the Africa Cup of Nations. Onana has been given special permission to play in opposition to Spurs, despite the fact that his nation open their group-stage marketing campaign in opposition to Guinea only a day later.
With Onana unavailable for an indeterminate time frame – he could possibly be lacking till mid-February, relying on Cameroon’s progress on the event – United are prone to flip to Altay Bayindir, the summer season signing from Fenerbahce who’s been named on the bench for every single one of their Premier League fixtures up to now this season.
At 26, Bayindir is simply a 12 months youthful than Onana, which would seem to scupper any likelihood of changing into a starter at Previous Trafford in the long run. Nevertheless, it now appears like Erik ten Hag could also be going after a younger goalkeeper who could have the possibility to be United’s no. 1 sooner or later.
United in superior goalkeeper talks
Based on Scottish newspaper The Daily Record, United are closing on a deal for Callan McKenna, a 17-year-old who performs for Queen’s Park in his nation’s second tier. The Pink Devils have reached “superior talks” over a deal that is anticipated to contain a “six-figure” payment whereas being “loaded” with add-ons. If these clauses are triggered, then Queen’s Park may find yourself netting in extra of £1m.
United have apparently been watching McKenna “for a while” and now look set to win the switch race forward of Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, who themselves have proven “critical” curiosity.
McKenna matches Ten Hag profile
As a result of McKenna remains to be so younger and is not taking part in top-flight soccer, there is a restrict to what we learn about him, however all the pieces you see suggests he is a particularly promising expertise. After spells at Celtic and Hibernian, and a stint training with Leicester, he broke into the first-team at Queen’s Park, and made nine appearances (seven within the league and two within the cup) earlier than he suffered an harm.
His kind for his membership was so spectacular within the early a part of the season that he earned a call-up to Scotland’s under-19 aspect for a pleasant in opposition to Belgium, and he’ll little doubt have aspirations of changing into his nation’s primary at some stage.
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By the appears of it, he is additionally fairly assured along with his toes too. Writing in a column in August, retired Scottish goalkeeper Rab Douglas recommended McKenna on the “confidence” he confirmed in performing a “Cruyff flip” in his personal six-yard field beneath strain from an attacker and efficiently retaining possession. “It is clearly been coached into him to play out from the again and belief his means with the ball at his toes,” Douglas famous.
It is no shock that that is the profile of goalkeeper that United’s scouts are after. Ten Hag has tried to instill a philosophy of taking part in out from the again, with Onana, signed following the departure of David de Gea final summer season, ranking fourth in the Premier League for passes attempted this season (690).