How Andre Onana is already impressing Manchester United teammates in training on USA tour

Erik ten Hag is set to double down on playing from the back this season, with Andre Onana already impressing his teammates with his ability with his feet.

The 27-year-old is known for his passing and it is that footwork that convinced Ten Hag to push for a reunion with his former Ajax goalkeeper, paying Inter £44m to make him the club’s new No.1.

Onana trained with his new teammates a few times at United’s Pingry School training base in New Jersey and he warmed up with the rest of the squad at MetLife Stadium on Saturday but was not in the squad for the 2-0 win against Arsenal.

He is likely to make his debut against Real Madrid in Houston on Wednesday, but with the training base moving on to San Diego on Sunday, he is already showing what he can do with his feet, with veteran goalkeeper Tom Heaton already seeing why Ten Hag wanted Onana.

“I can already see how he’s going to fit into the manager’s style. He looks really good with his feet and I’m already picking up a bit about how he does things a bit differently to what I’ve seen before,” he said.

“I know I’m moving on, but I’m still trying to adapt, still trying to learn all the time. I’m enjoying that side of it and we’ll see what he brings in.”

Onana played 145 times under Ten Hag for Ajax, but spent just one year at Inter after joining the club on a free transfer. He had an excellent campaign in last season’s Champions League, playing very well in the final against Manchester City and earning praise from Pep Guardiola.

“I haven’t seen a massive amount of him to be honest. I watched the Champions League final and saw bits and pieces,” Heaton said.

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