Alejandro Garnacho among Manchester United duo congratulating Real Madrid, and two lessons learned from final

Manchester United fans breathed a sigh of relief as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the Champions League final at the weekend.

It meant Jurgen Klopp’s side fell short of their goal to land a quadruple, winning just the FA Cup and League Cup, in finals in which they failed to score.

Manchester United’s former Real Madrid contingent of Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane stayed diplomatically quiet on the Spanish club’s success against United’s current rivals.

A couple of United’s younger players had more to say on social media, with Alejandro Garnacho among them.

United duo congratulate Real Madrid

United wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho was among those congratulate Real Madrid, posting a picture of matchwinner Vinicius Jr holding the Champions League trophy aloft.

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Garnacho, 17, used to be in the academy of Real’s cross city rivals Atletico, before joining United in 2020.

United youngster Noam Emeran also reached out to congratulate one of his young French colleagues, Eduardo Camavinga, who is now a Champions League winner after just one season in the Spanish capital.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar also congratulated Real Madrid after attending the final in Paris with his family.

Two lessons learned for United

In addition to showing Manchester United’s Treble success will probably never be bettered or even matched, the final in Paris highlighted a couple of lessons for the Red Devils.

Real may have got best out of centre-back deal: Last summer Real Madrid cashed in on Raphael Varane for £34.8 million, Manchester United’s 12th most expensive signing ever.

They replaced him with free agent David Alaba, signed from Bayern Munich. Arguably they are better off for it.

When you factor in the fact Real made a considerable profit, and freshened up their side, this now looks like an excellent piece of business, irrespective of Varane’s mixed form at United upon arrival in Manchester.

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Camavinga has been a real catch: Last summer Manchester United were linked with a move to sign Eduardo Camavinga, with  The Mail reporting interest in July 2021.

Camavinga’s preference was to sign for Real Madrid, a decision he has been totally vindicated on. Did United push hard enough?

The Frenchman has been an excellent addition to Real’s side, and their decision to sign him, rather than a much older Paul Pogba, appears to be a shrewd one.

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