Following the round 1 of the UCL Group A clash, Bayern Munich defeated Manchester United 4-3 in a chaotic Champions League game at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night, after which United goalkeeper André Onana accepted full responsibility for the loss.
Onana, who joined United from Inter Milan in July, failed to keep out Leroy Sané’s first-half shot to give Bayern a 1-0 lead with the German international’s shot slipping through Onana’s hands when he might have expected to save it.
Serge Gnabry’s goal minutes later made it 2-0 and Bayern maintained the advantage in the entertaining contest from there, despite three United goals in the second half.
“It’s a difficult situation for us, for me especially because I’m the one who let the team down … We just have to move on,” Onana said on TNT Sports.
“This is the life of a goalkeeper and, if we didn’t win today, it’s because of me.”
“The team went down because of that mistake. I have to learn from it and be strong, move on … It was one of my worst games”, he added.
This was arguably the most eagerly-anticipated match during the opening week of the Champions League group stage, pitting two of Europe’s most storied and successful clubs against each other.
However, in the defence of the former Inter goalkeeper, Manchester United captain, Bruno Fernandes was quick to insist that every player on the team was to blame for the loss.
“Andre’s a great goalkeeper,” Fernandes said. “He will keep giving us a lot of points, a lot of saves.
“He doesn’t have to take blame for anything, we have to take the blame as a team, we’re going to go through this moment together because we’re strong as a team.”
Onana and United are back in action on Saturday with a trip to Burnley and, after facing Crystal Palace the following weekend, will resume their Champions League campaign with a visit from Galatasaray.