Lindelof: Garnacho made the difference
Victor Lindelof praised Alejandro Garnacho after the 18-year-old came off the bench to net the winner in Manchester United’s 2-1 triumph away to Fulham.
Garnacho joined the action after 73 minutes and made the impact he and Reds manager Erik ten Hag desired when he raced onto Christian Eriksen’s pass to slot home the decisive goal in the dying moments at Craven Cottage.
Following the win, Lindelof applauded the way the Argentinian youngster has grasped his opportunity in the United first team.
“I think he's been great in the past couple of weeks when he's got his chances to play and once again, he showed his qualities today,” said Victor in an interview with club media.
“He came on and made a difference and that's exactly what we need from all the players.
“If you're not playing, you have to come in and make a difference and that's what he did.”
Garnacho’s winner earned Ten Hag’s side three points in a match where Fulham had several opportunities of their own. Lindelof says that defending against Marco Silva’s team was a difficult test for the United backline.
“It was a great, great game, but obviously it was a tough game,” he said. “We controlled the game quite well in the first half, but in the second half we lost a few balls, and they created a few chances.
“But we fought until the end and managed to get the goal. [It’s] just fantastic to get the three points.”
Our trip to the capital was the final Premier League match of the weekend, and the last domestic game for United until after the winter World Cup in Qatar. Ahead of the upcoming break, Victor assessed how the Reds have fared in the first part of the season.
“We should've got a few more points [from our matches] but I think we've been playing quite well,” he explained.
“I think this win was massive for us before the break. Hopefully when everyone is back [after the break], we are ready to go again.”