Anthony Elanga sends message to Alejandro Garnacho after FA Youth Cup double

Alejandro Garnacho scored two goals to fire Manchester United into the FA Youth Cup semi-finals.

Garnacho’s brace against Leicester City came at Old Trafford in front of 10,000 supporters and a watching Ralf Rangnick.

The former Atletico Madrid youngster scored one goal with a free-kick and the second was an 89th minute winner from the left of the penalty area.

Garnacho, 17, has scored 14 goals in all competitions for United at youth level this season, including four in the FA Youth Cup run.

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Garnacho hopes to follow Elanga

The forward’s brace came one day after Anthony Elanga’s goal in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid.

Earlier this year Elanga and Garnacho were sharing a pitch together in the UEFA Youth League, with the Spaniard coming off the bench to join Elanga in attack in wins against Atalanta and Villarreal.

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Elanga’s rise to first team prominence is an inspiration for all of Manchester United’s youngsters, and right now, Garnacho seems well placed to eventually follow him.

The pair exchanged messages after Garnacho’s Youth Cup brace, with the Spaniard saying he wants to emulate the first team star. There were plenty of other messages from his academy teammates too.

Elanga had told United’s website of the Youth Cup: “It’s an important competition and one I’ve played in. I would love to play again if I had the opportunity to.”

Now 19, Elanga is not permitted to even if United wanted him to, while Garnacho, 17, still could play in it next season if United wanted him to.

First thing’s first, Garnacho will want to lead United to success in the semi-final and final, which would both take place at Old Trafford. Then he will continue his push towards the first team.

If he caught Ralf Rangnick’s eye last night, he could get his chance to train with the first team a lot sooner than anybody thinks.

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