Arnau Puigmal.


Spanish prospect who impressed against United for Espanyol in the 2017 Med Cup to earn a move to Old Trafford.

Although being part of the squad that trained in Austria over that summer, he had to wait until September for his international clearance to be processed.

The boy from Barcelona has quick feet and is calm on the ball, originally performing in midfield.

Puigmal made valuable contributions to the United squad during the 2017/18 campaign, appearing 16 times in all competitions, scoring three goals. The Spaniard's first goal came in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle, before scoring a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw against Liverpool. The midfielder's third goal in United colours came as the Reds ran riot against Wolves in a 6-1 victory.

Injury and international commitments hampered the end of his 2017/18 season with United and he had to show his versatility in 2018/19. He was often selected at right-back to develop areas of his game and it had the desired effect as he remained a threat going forward but added some defensive acumen to his style.

International recognition with Spain's youth teams continued, illustrating the respect he has garnered, and finished with 14 appearances at league level, one goal and two assists.

Puigmal was selected as part of the travelling squad for United's match against FC Astana in the UEFA Europa League in November 2019, although he was an unused substitute during the Reds' 2-1 defeat.

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