Erik ten Hag was pleased with what he saw from Alejandro Garnacho on his full debut vs Sheriff in the Europa League.
Manchester United Football Club ensured they can still fight for top spot in the group going into the final Europa League matchday, by beating Sheriff 3-0 at Old Trafford.
The game itself was a decent watch, with the Red Devils always in control. They actually allowed zero shots on David de Gea’s goal, which is mightily impressive in itself.
Aside from that Antony spin which weirdly has pundits raging, the highlight of the game for me was seeing Alejandro Garnacho make his full debut.
We’ve all seen the Argentine’s immense talents on display at youth level. It was now time for him to take that next step. There can be no doubt that Garnacho did take that opportunity with both hands.
After the game, Ten Hag was full of praise for the United starlet on his debut, admitting that Garnacho has displayed a ‘better attitude’ in recent weeks. However, there’s still a ‘lot of room’ for improvement for the 18-year-old talent.
Check out what Erik ten Hag had to say on the full debut made by Alejandro Garnacho yesterday:
“I think it was a good performance from him. He did what I expected him to do,” Ten Hag said to ManUtd.com after the match.
“In the last weeks, he had a better attitude, more resilience, more determination and what you see is he is a talent to deal with the ball in tight areas, to run behind and especially also his tempo dribbles – he can take players on and that’s a good capability in his football.”
“He deserved his chance, but there is still a lot of room for improvement, especially in the defending part, in the pressing part, in the counter press, in the defence transition,” added the Dutchman.
“But you can see, in tight areas, he can find solutions.”
I really enjoyed watching Garnacho perform yesterday. It was a bright display from a young man who has plenty of potential to go right the way to the top in this game.
Sure, Garnacho is a little rough around the edges. Yes, it will take time for the winger to fully develop. However, I saw enough from him last night to give him the start against West Ham United at the weekend.
Play Marcus Rashford up front (assuming Anthony Martial isn’t fit) and see what Garnacho can do against an excellent Premier League side. It’ll also further help motivate the young man who is obviously supremely talented.
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