Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana (27) made a crucial penalty kick save to give his team the win.
Harry Maguire (30) scored a late winner to give United a 1-0 victory over FC Copenhagen in the third leg of their UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group A match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, at 4 a.m. ET today.
Onana was the unsung hero alongside Maguire, who scored the winner. United were awarded a penalty in stoppage time after Scott McTominay (27) raised his foot high in defense and struck an opponent in the face.
Onana stepped up as United’s savior in stoppage time to tie the game. Onana saved Jordan Larsson’s (26) penalty 카지노사이트 from the spot and saved Maguire’s winner to give United a valuable first UCL win.
“It was a very important game, not for me, but for the club,” Onana said after the match, “The club brought me here for moments like this and that’s why I’m here. It’s an honor to be able to play with these players at a top club. I’m happy to get the win and we have to continue to prepare because we have another important game at the weekend.”
On the penalty situation, Onana said: “I tried to be myself in that moment and stay calm and feel the pressure. Old Trafford is a difficult place for opponents, so I decided to make my movements bigger and go to the left.”
Onana has faced criticism for his poor form in the early part of the season. He conceded goals due to ridiculous dives and saves, and made frequent mistakes in the buildup from the back, an area of strength. He came in as a replacement for David de Gea (33) but failed to live up to expectations and was a disappointment.
However, Onana showed why United chose him when it mattered most. There are still more games to come and more performances to come, but Onana should use this game as a confidence booster to overcome the pressure.