Man Utd goalkeeper Andre Onana brings team-mates back down to earth | Football | Sport

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Andre Onana insisted that his Manchester United teammates must keep their heads level in the battle for a Champions League position despite them now having won five games on the bounce. A Rasmus Hojlund seven-minute double ensured a rapid start for United before Onana was beaten by Luton forward Carlton Morris, who pegged them back before the half.

The away side managed to survive a Hatters onslaught as the game ended 2-1, but could have put the game out of reach were it not for a series of missed chances from forwards Alejandro Garnacho and Marcus Rashford.

Since joining United from Inter Milan for £47.2million deal in the summer, Onana has endured a hectic ride as their number one, including a string of errors that saw them exit the Champions League. With his side three points behind, and hot on the heels of top-four rivals Spurs in fifth, Onana has stressed that United won’t get ahead of themselves.

And speaking to MUTV post-match, Onana said: “We have to continue like this because we have done nothing. We didn’t do anything spectacular.

“Yet now we have to continue winning games, and that is the main thing. We have to try to win against every opponent and especially the next game is another final for us.”

United will host 12th-placed Fulham in their next Premier League match-up, before a pivotal Manchester derby against rivals City at the Etihad.

Onana’s side last dropped points in their 2-2 home draw against top-four rivals Spurs in mid-January but have made up five points on the London club since.

Fifth-placed Tottenham will face Crystal Palace at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their next outing but will have fallen a game behind United, having had their away tie with Chelsea postponed due to the Blues’ participation in the Carabao Cup final.

Onana’s side could, therefore, be level on points with Spurs within a week, albeit with a goal-difference disadvantage. Fellow contenders fourth-placed Aston Villa are also only five points ahead of United and are yet to play Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool during the second half of the season.

Onana admitted their victory against Luton was key in the race for a Champions League place, as he added: “This is giving us more confidence. We are all happy, you know, when we win, especially this kind of game.

“These three points are very important for us to fight to be in the top four. But like I said, it’s always going to keep us together. This is just a strong motivation for us and hopefully we continue this way this season.”


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