Alejandro Garnacho’s season is now fully up and running. The Spaniard starred as Manchester United’s under-18s recorded their biggest win of the season so far.
United beat Birmingham City in the Premier League Cup in a whopping 8-2 victory.
Jude Bellingham’s brother Jobe was part of the Birmingham side who were outmatched by a superior United.
Garnacho scored a hat-trick and was followed by striker Manni Norkett, who also scored three to get off the mark for the season.
Both players had started the season slowly, with Garnacho also playing a bit-part role for the 23s.
Stunning 8-2 win
Sam Mather opened the scoring for United’s under-23s before Birmingham pulled a goal back.
Norkett then fired in a quickfire brace to put United 3-1 up after just 23 minutes.
Garnacho scored a stunning free-kick to bring the scoreline to 4-1 by half-time.
The former Atletico Madrid talent was a threat throughout, winning the free-kick in the first place after a sharp turn on the edge of the box.
Garnacho followed it up with another two goals after half-time with Sam Mather providing his second assist of the game out of three he ended up with.
Malachi Sharpe scored his first United goal after his arrival from Derby County after another Mather assist, before Norkett completed his hat-trick in the 89th minute.
This was a big confidence boosting win for a United side which has an almost entirely new look about it, with new players promoted from the under-16s.
Kobbie Mainoo was impressive in central midfield along with Dan Gore, with United pressing high to make it tough for Birmingham to retain possession.
This was the kind of win to kickstart the under-18s season, their first match since the international break. Garnacho may end up playing more of a role for the 23s if he keeps up this form.
This was the second hat-trick of Garnacho’s United career, having also bagged three in one game at the end of last season.
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