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Andre Onana offered route out of Man Utd as Ten Hag considers drastic step

Andre Onana has been offered a surprise possible exit route from Manchester United if he leaves the club in the summer.

The Red Devils spent £47.2m to sign the Cameroon international from Inter in July – a month after he reached the UEFA Champions League final with the Italian giants.

Onana was brought in by Erik ten Hag mainly for his distribution abilities, with the Dutchman identifying that area as in need of improvement after David de Gea’s exit.

But the 27-year-old goalkeeper has found it difficult at Old Trafford so far amid high-profile errors.

His mistake led to United conceding the opening goal in the 4-3 defeat to Bayern in the Champions League last month – and TV cameras spotted the goalkeeper looking devastated afterwards.

His misplaced pass against Galatasaray led to the club giving the ball away in a dangerous area, and Casemiro was sent off for a foul as he looked to win it back.

Onana was then criticised for yet another mistake during the 2-1 defeat to Brentford last week.

While the goalkeeper is just three months into his Old Trafford career, there is pressure on him to turn things around after a challenging start.

According to ESPN, Man United are backing their new number one goalkeeper, but Erik ten Hag is prepared to drop Onana should his poor form continue.

And should both parties decide to move on come season’s end, there may be a possible solution.

That solution could be a return to Inter Milan. Speaking at the Gazzetta dello Sport Festival, the Italian club’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta refusing to rule out a return to San Siro for Onana.

When asked about the possibility of Onana coming back to Italy, Marotta commented (quotes via Football Italia): “Anything can happen in football, even if those who do not always have positive results.”

The Italian went on to speak on how Inter profited from their side of the deal to sell Onana: “It was an important experience for him and for us.

“It was also a very successful deal for us to get him for free [from Ajax] and sell him for all that money.”

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