Andre Onana: Man Utd and Cameroon reach agreement over AFCON departure | Football


Man Utd’s Andre Onana is now able to play against Wigan and Tottenham (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United and Cameroon have reached an agreement over when goalkeeper Andre Onana will leave for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

Onana, United’s No.1 goalkeeper, was named in Cameroon’s 27-man squad for the tournament, which gets underway on January 13.

The 27-year-old was set to miss up to six games for United but according to The Athletic, he will now not depart Old Trafford until January 14.

That means Onana is now able to play in the FA Cup third-round clash against Wigan on January 8 and the Premier League match with Tottenham six days later.


It is thought that Onana was keen to play in the FA Cup and wanted to delay his own international call-up to participate in the iconic English competition.

Cameroon’s stars will meet up at a warm-up camp in Saudi Arabia, where they will play a friendly against Zambia on January 9 before jetting off to the Ivory Coast for their opening game against Guinea six days later.

Onana had retired from international duty last year following a fall out with manager Rigobert Song at the Qatar World Cup but returned in September.

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Andre Onana arrived at Man Utd this summer in a £47m deal from Inter Milan (Picture: Getty)

United boss Erik ten Hag previously said he was relaxed over the possibility of losing Onana to AFCON, saying: ‘When he goes there, we have a strong group of keepers with Altay Bayindir and Tom Heaton so we are comfortable.

‘Of course, we hope Andre is available as much as possible, but if not we have two good keepers who can replace him.’

Onana arrived at United this summer in a £47m deal from Inter Milan and he has endured a shaky start, making a series of mistakes for the Red Devils.

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