'A full-back's nightmare': Pundit praises Garnacho after Youth Cup performance

Manchester United youngster Alejandro Garnacho continued his big week with a dazzling performance in the FA Youth Cup.

The 17-year-old was a surprise call-up into Argentina’s international squad this week, a decision he must weigh up amid his previous commitment to Spain at under-18 level.

On Wednesday night his full focus was on Manchester United as he propelled the team to a victory over Wolves in the Youth Cup semi-final.

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Garnacho scored one goal and could have had a couple more, with another shot well saved and another inches wide of the post.

The teenager also had a hand in United’s third goal, when his shot was parried into the path of Charlie McNeill for a tap in.

Garnacho was picked out as man of the match by former United youngster Febian Brandy on MUTV, who praised the forward’s performance.

Brandy said: “He’s a full-back’s nightmare. He can go either side, cut inside. He makes it difficult for defenders all game.

“He is a great talent with a very bright future.”

Reputation growing

Garnacho’s reputation is growing, and rightly so. He now has five goals in five FA Youth Cup games, and 15 goals in all competitions this season.

What happens next, is down to him. The FA Youth Cup final won’t take place until next month, and he just has to get his head down and continue to work, and not get wrapped up in all the praise he is undoubtedly hearing.

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United’s coaches will be pressing this message to him, and ensuring he works harder than ever in the upcoming league games.

He will be needed for the final, against the winner of Nottingham Forest and Chelsea, and whatever happens in that match, his contribution has already seen him showcase himself as a future star.

United’s young team are one win away from writing their names in history, and must keep their focus.

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