Andre Onana Blames Manchester United’s Poor Finishing For Defeat To Tottenham.
United slipped to their first defeat of the season after Pape Sarr’s second-half strike and an own goal from Lisandro Martinez. The Reds were second-best for most of the contest and did very little to threaten Ange Postecoglou’s side after the half-time interval.
Prior to the break, however, the Reds did show signs of life, creating a handful of meaningful opportunities, the best of which fell to Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese ace headed wide of the target from inside the six-yard box after connecting with a superb Luke Shaw cross.
And it was key moments like those that Onana felt cost United dearly.Asked if the better team won, Onana told Sky Sports: “No, I don’t think they were better than us. We made some mistakes in the second half, but football is not only about one half.
“We started the game well and we created chances. Unfortunately, we didn’t score and obviously that was a key point. If we had scored in the first half we would have got something, for sure.
“Football is about scoring goals, especially when you play against a good opponent. We had some good chances and we didn’t score. We have to keep calm, keep working and I think we will be OK.”
United, who saw a penalty shout turned down prior to the interval, failed to recover once Sarr fired Spurs in front just four minutes after half-time. Martinez then turned Ben Davies’ effort into his own net with seven minutes of normal time remaining.
Though the second goal was pleasing on the eye from a Spurs perspective, it was a result of poor United defending. Onana, however, claimed some of the responsibility for the goal, questioning his own communication with his defence.
“Maybe my communication at the back with my defenders [wasn’t good],” added Onana. “Licha [Martinez], unfortunately, scored that goal. We know how good he is.
“A lot of things happened in that second half, but that is part of the game and we just have to look forward.”