Alejandro Garnacho has added to Manchester United dilemma – Richard Fay


There have not been many positives to take from this season for Manchester United fans, but the emergence of Alejandro Garnacho is certainly one of them.

This time last year, the 17-year-old was still somewhat of an unknown quantity and was viewed to be below the likes of Anthony Elanga, Hannibal Mejbri, Shola Shoretire and Zidane Iqbal on the pathway to the first-team.

Yet, as we approach the final day of the Premier League season, the teenage talent now represents the very future of United and is arguably the most exciting youngster at the club.

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Garnacho is expected to soon be rewarded with a new contract at Old Trafford following a breakthrough season in which he won the Youth Cup, made his senior debut and got a call-up to the Argentine national side, and excitement is rapidly growing to see where his next step might be.

Erik ten Hag is set to include Garnacho in his squad for this summer’s pre-season tour and will take the chance to cast his eye over the former Atletico Madrid man, as well as the other most promising academy products of the club.

Anyone who watched the Argentine teenager grab a brace in the Youth Cup final last week will be well aware of the immense talent he possesses, as well as his ability to perform in such a high-stakes environment, attributes which make him well placed to make the breakthrough into the first-team.

However, it still remains a little unclear how exactly he will manage to do it.


Garnacho is still incredibly raw as a player and will still need outings for the youth sides next season if he is to continue his upwards trajectory. Those performances will need to be partnered with careful nurturing from club coaches and his own determination to keep on working hard at a time when he might well be tempted to indulge in the hype surrounding him.

It is important to note that Argentina had not been battling Spain for his international allegiance, then he most likely wouldn’t have got a call-up back in March, with the selection more of a strategic decision despite his obvious qualities.

Garnacho should make his second senior appearance for the senior side when they travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon, but the left winger is also a little limited by the position he plays.

If there is one position United do not need reinforcements in, it is the left side of attack. This season, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Elanga have all played on the left wing, and although some of them will leave this summer, Garnacho would face huge competition to get regular playing time there under Ten Hag.

Alejandro Garnacho was part of Manchester United’s Under-18 FA Cup-winning side and fans think he has a big future at the club.

It means the United forward might well need to wait his time before he can begin to advance up the pecking order, and to do so, he will need to work incredibly hard to fight off the competition he currently faces.

Training with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo on a daily basis will only do wonders for his professionalism, and next season will be more about the lessons he learns in regards to match preparation and the daily demands of being an elite footballer, rather than about the minutes he gets on the pitch.

Garnacho is no doubt an extremely special talent, but at such a key stage in his development, patience will be the key to his long-term success.



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