Garnacho is Premier League's top teenager

Tuesday 20 February 2024 15:00

Alejandro Garnacho has played more Premier League minutes than any other teenager so far in 2023/24.

The United winger has started every match since coming off the bench in the Manchester derby in October and, since he switched to the right flank on Boxing Day, the Reds have won seven of nine fixtures across all competitions.

Such versatility has helped the youngster's cause and manager Erik ten Hag commented: “Garnacho is right-footed. He’s very good with left, but also functions with his right. So Alejandro, so natural, he prefers to play on the left as well.

"But now, he finds his position on the right as well, which he’s doing very good and also quite fluid. He finds his spaces there but, yeah, he can do both, which is great."

Every Garnacho goal and assist in 2023/24 Video

Every Garnacho goal and assist in 2023/24

On the left or the right, Alejandro Garnacho has provided for United this term - watch his goals and assists so far...

The FA Youth Cup winner does not turn 20 until July but has already become a regular and, of course, scored what looks certain to be the Goal of the Season with his acrobatic effort at Everton in November.

Developing his game all the time, the Argentina international is performing his defensive duties and showing remarkable stamina.

It has arguably been overlooked just how much of a mainstay he has become at a tender age.

When it comes to minutes played as a teen this term, he is way ahead of second-placed Evan Ferguson, the Brighton & Hove Albion striker. It is interesting to note that Kobbie Mainoo is also moving rapidly up the chart and currently sits in seventh spot, only one minute behind another Seagulls starlet in Jack Hinshelwood.


1. Alejandro Garnacho - UNITED (1.7.04) - 1,525
2. Evan Ferguson - Brighton (19.10.04) - 1,143
3. Lewis Miley - Newcastle (1.5.06) - 1,089
4. Wilson Odobert - Burnley (28.11.04) - 994
5. Lucas Koleosho - Burnley (15.9.04) - 987
6. Jack Hinshelwood - Brighton (11.4.05) - 875
7. Kobbie Mainoo - UNITED (19.4.05) - 874
8. Milos Kerkez - Bournemouth (7.11.03) - 856
9. Facundo Bounanotte - Brighton (23.12.04) - 847
10. Carlos Baleba - Brighton (3.1.04) - 601

(Premier League only, stats courtesy of