The Debate: 'Garnacho gets you off your feet!'
Alejandro Garnacho is a player who excites the fans and will only get better, says former United defender Wes Brown.
Brown appeared on this week’s episode of The Debate alongside Happy Mondays singer Rowetta and host Liam Bradford, and heaped praise on the 18-year-old, who was named Manchester United's Player of the Month for November.
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“Yeah, he is [playing well],” said Brown. “That [Argentina] World Cup squad has probably come a little too soon. But for Manchester United in the last two-three games [he’s been brilliant]. He gets you off your feet.
“As soon as he gets the ball you can see exactly what he wants to do. That last goal against Fulham was just brilliant.
“That’s what it used to be like [at United] in the past, especially a young lad coming on, giving it his all. You can see straight away that he’s committed and wants to prove to everyone that he’s more than capable of playing in this team and he’s doing that.”
Rowetta says that Garnacho not making Argentina’s World Cup squad is a benefit for United, with the Reds set to resume action on 21 December.
“Not playing for Argentina is going to be good for us,” she said. “He’s going to be fit and passionate and up for it when he’s back with us, because he's not had a World Cup.
“And that’s going to be brilliant.”
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Despite Alejandro’s breakthrough to the first team, he must maintain focus and keep his feet on the ground, says Brown.
“You have to remember we’re talking about a young kid. He’s not experienced life yet,” Wes said. “He’s just getting into certain things and it’s good [that advice is] coming from Bruno [Fernandes] and the more experienced players and the manager, because everyone has experienced it and he’s got to do that.
“They’re just trying to keep his feet on the ground and it’s good because not every young player gets that.
“He’ll learn and hopefully he does it in the right way, but his attitude on the pitch, I like him. He’s got a bit of hunger; he’s got a bit of attitude. And I think that makes him a little bit of the player he is. Wayne Rooney was the same.”
Bradford agreed with Brown, and says that the emergence of Garnacho is a credit to United’s dedication to nurturing talented young players.
“I just think it’s fantastic that Manchester United continue with this DNA,” he said. “The same DNA that was involved when you [Wes] came through and when the whole of the Class of ’92 broke into the first team.
“It’s a really, really important part of what Manchester United are all about. And that’s making sure that these youngsters do deliver the energy and the hunger.”