Andre Onana deserves credit for showing 'character' after owning up to his glaring error during Manchester United's 4-3 loss to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, insists Rio Ferdinand.
United's No 1 was guilty of a clanger to allow Leroy Sane's shot to bounce into the net despite getting a hand on the ball before the Red Devils ended up being outclassed by their German opponents.
Onana immediately came out after the game to front up for his mistake and said it set the tone for a bad performance - and his courage won praise from United legend Ferdinand who admitted he would not have been brave enough to confront the media after a howler.
He said the Cameroonian's conduct showed 'character' and that he was 'made of the right stuff'.
Speaking on TNT Sports, Ferdinand said: 'We have all been in the situation where we haven't performed to the standard that we set ourselves. I have had games where I made mistakes and did not speak to the media. That showed good character, he's made of the right stuff.
'He will have to fall back on that character and make sure he gets rid of those mistakes from his game. It is difficult to build yourself back up when the ball comes to you and you've made a couple of mistakes.'
Ferdinand's former United team-mate Paul Scholes took a harsher view, claiming the £47m goalkeeper was making too many mistakes and urged him to 'get over' his error-strewn displays.
'He has been less than convincing in goal, stopping goals, which is why he is there,' Scholes said. 'He is brilliant with his feet but he is making mistakes. He has to get over that. You make mistakes and have disappointments in games.
'He might think about it for 24 hours but then it's gone. The spotlight will be on him. He has been at a big clubRead on m.allfootballapp.com