Alejandro Garnacho, contributed two assists off the bench as United defeated Villa on Thursday night, 4-2; he inspired a comeback in the second half to set up a matchup with Burnley in the fourth round; Ten Hag feels he has the ability, but cautions the youth over his attitude once more.
Ten Hag has previously acknowledged that Garnacho’s conduct was substandard early in the season, with reports indicating that he was twice late to preseason. Following the Villa game, the Dutchman reiterated the significance of having a positive mindset.
“It was good that he came on and showed that performance and had that impact in the game, being able to assist, dribble and run after,” said Ten Hag.
“There are some things he needs to improve, for example when we take a long time to get the second balls. He still has a lot to learn but we are obviously happy with his development and he can contribute to the team.
“It depends on his approach, attitude. When he continues to win then yes, it is possible [for him to play more]. He wants to improve every day. He needs to do the right things in his lifestyle. He has the ability.”
After Garnacho scored his first senior goal in the 1-0 victory over Sociedad earlier this month, one of United’s vice-captains, Bruno Fernandes, made a reference to the teenager’s actions during the preseason.
Erik Ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, criticized his team for being careless in the first half against Aston Villa but applauded them for their play after the interval and for recovering from Sunday’s loss.
Garnacho is good, but Fernandes acknowledged that they had high expectations of him. Being young as he is, it is apparent that he is doing well. Garnacho wasn’t at his best at the beginning of the season, the kid didn’t have the best attitude, and that’s why he hasn’t had many opportunities thus far. But now that he has improved his training, he has a chance. Everyone is quite pleased for him and with his accomplishment.
Since then, Garnacho has developed into one of the club’s most promising prospects. His two goals against Nottingham Forest in the FA Youth Cup final at Old Trafford were crucial to United’s victory that year.
The teen made his professional debut against Chelsea at Old Trafford in April, and in seven games this season—two of which he started—he has now scored once and assisted on two more goals.
His abilities have not gone unnoticed on a global scale. Garnacho was qualified to represent Spain, but a surprise call-up to Argentina’s senior squad in March seems to have persuaded him to stick with the defending Copa America champions. Read more…