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14th Aug 2023

André Onana keeps clean sheet after hugely controversial penalty call

Callum Boyle

Andre Onana

Andre Onana came rushing out to try and claim the ball

Wolves can be left feeling aggrieved not to have come away from Old Trafford with at least a point after they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United. Andre Onana made a couple of fine stops but was fortunate, in the closing stages.

Raphael Varane scored the only goal of the game 14 minutes from time after Erik ten Hag’s side spent a large majority of the game under the cosh from the away side, who were being managed by Gary O’Neill for the first time after taking charge just four days before.

Mattheus Cunha was one of the most impressive players on the pitch as he weaved in-between the United midfield on several occasions and arguably should’ve scored in the second half however his effort clipped the outside of the post.

Despite a host of chances Wolves were made to pay for their missed efforts as Varane rose highest to head home Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s looping ball into the box.

With minutes of stoppage time to go, Wolves did everything they could to try and salvage a point but were left furious after they weren’t awarded a penalty.

As Andre Onana came to try and claim a cross from the right hand side of the pitch, the United goalkeeper came rushing out of his goal and cleanly took out striker Sasa Kalajdzic.

Andre Onana finishes with clean sheet

VAR did check look back at the challenge but the verdict from Stockley Park said that there wasn’t enough in it to award a spot-kick.

Gary O’Neil was visibly distraught with the decision and was awarded a yellow card for his behaviour on the touchline.

“It looked like the goalkeeper tried to take the centre-forward’s head off is what it looked like live and when I watch it now it looks the same,” O’Neil told Sky Sports. “I’m really surprised it’s not a foul. If you go for the ball and clatter the player that hard it has to be foul. I’m not surprised we didn’t get it. I thought he was coming to the screen but he came over to book me.

“I understand it, but I don’t accept it. I’ve spoken to them about last season. We can’t just leave it to the on field decision if they say no as it’s a hard call for them. I’ve had a lot of messages saying it is a stonewall penalty.”

Andre Onana, ultimately, walked off with a clean sheet to his name after a league debut for Manchester United, something Peter Schmeichel and David De Gea failed to do for the club on their bows.

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