Ten Hag sets challenge for Garnacho

Saturday 13 May 2023 19:26

Erik ten Hag has praised "huge talent" Alejandro Garnacho and declared the youngster’s next challenge is to nail down a regular starting position for Manchester United.

Fans' favourite Garnacho made a welcome return from a two-month injury absence in Saturday’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, coming off the bench for the final 10 minutes at Old Trafford.

And the livewire Argentinian made an almost instant impact by scoring our match-clinching second goal, in injury time, with a cool finish off both posts.

It was the 18-year-old’s 30th appearance of a breakthrough campaign and Ten Hag is delighted to have him back for the crucial finale as the Reds chase a top-four finish and Emirates FA Cup glory.

“Garna, everyone can see it,” the boss told reporters at his post-match press conference. “He came in and did almost everything good, and scored a great goal that will give him belief. It’s good for us for the rest of the season, that he’s back, and can have an impact.


“One of the aspects of the biggest talent is that they are mature,” he continued. “First, they take responsibility then second, they are mature to bring in the skills and have belief that they can dominate opponents.

“Once again, he did it. He has had a big impact in many games: whether starting or coming on, he’s straight into the game and that’s so important for the squad.

“I’m happy we can bring in young players and, hopefully, he will progress so quickly that he can compete for a starting XI position, because that is his next challenge.”

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Pressed by reporters on what Garnacho needs to do to take that next step, Ten Hag added: “Making decisions, being aware, scanning situations, when to go one-on-one, get behind, when to go for goal or make an extra pass.

“Decisions like that are what makes a good player a top player – that is the difference. But when you see it overall, he’s a huge talent and very brave.

“It shows that the pathway is open for young players at United. And if you work in the right way, work hard, we can guide you to get into the team. But, in the end, it’s about the player – he has to invest and have a plan to do it.”