Manchester City vs Manchester United: What does Andre Onana make about the players returning from injuries?

Manchester United have welcomed back Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane in recent past, giving them a timely boost for the FA Cup final.

File Photo - Lisandro Martinez in action for Manchester United. Credits: Twitter/@ManUtd
By Karthik Raman | May 24, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

With the Premier League season done and dusted, the attention shifts to the FA Cup final in England. This will be a repeat of last season’s final as Manchester City face local rivals Manchester United at Wembley. A year ago, City won this game 2-1, as they went on to clinch a treble. Even on Saturday, the defending champions will be the favourites once again. Keeping in mind both teams’ contrasting forms, many would undoubtedly back City to defend the crown.

Manchester United have welcomed back Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane in the recent past, giving them a timely boost for the FA Cup final. Andre Onana is happy to see them return ahead of the big game. “We show when we have almost all our players back, we battle against the best teams. Against Arsenal, Liverpool and City we showed it. So I think when everyone is back, it’s completely different. Of course, I don’t want to use that as an excuse because wearing this shirt means [a lot]. All the people who are wearing the shirt, that means they can they have the ability to represent this club,” Onana told the club media ahead of playing Manchester City.

For us, it’s just a big sign: Andre Onana

He added: “But we have important players who have been injured for almost the whole season, and it’s difficult for the team, not only the team, for the club, for the squad, for the physios, for the supporters, because they are used to seeing all the players fit. And at the moment we have to deal with that difficulty because everything in life is temporary. It will pass. Most of them, they are already coming back. It’s already positive for us. So we are thinking about the final and it’s nice to see them on the pitch to train with them. Rapha is there. They are all smiling. For us, it’s just a big sign.”

Manchester United’s last two games in the FA Cup have been eventful. After beating Liverpool 4-3 in the quarter-finals, they blew away a three-goal cushion against Coventry City before beating them in a penalty shootout. Onana was excellent against Coventry, as he guided the Red Devils into the final. “You learn from every game at the end of the day. But like I say, the most important thing is the victory. You know, it was a nice one against Liverpool,” he explained.

He added: “Like I said before, we have good players. We have those who score important goals for us. We have Garnacho. You can see we have good young players, so we just have to guide them well. We, as leaders, have to show them the way. What is best for the team, for the club. And against Coventry was a crazy game, but in the end, it’s about winning. That’s why we went to Wembley. No matter how the game went. In the end we are in the final. But like I say, the final is about winning. Take the trophy and bring it to Manchester and not City. United.”

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