Alejandro Garnacho emerges as winner from day one of Manchester United pre-season training

Day one of Manchester United’s pre-season training was held on Monday under Erik ten Hag, with the new Red Devils manager keen to start putting his players through the paces.

Players not involved on international duty were pictured; these included Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial, David de Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Jadon Sancho, Brandon Williams and Phil Jones.

There was one player who also stood out for all the right reasons and goes down as the early winner from day one of Manchester United’s pre-season training: Alejandro Garnacho.

The 17-year-old may have already impressed Erik ten Hag simply by showing up when he wasn’t required to.

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Day one of Manchester United pre-season

Garnacho was not required to be at Carrington for day one of Manchester United pre-season because he had been on international duty with Argentina under-20s.

The teenager scored four goals in four games in the Mauro Revello tournament in France, where he was voted player of the tournament and won the award for best goal.

Last week Garnacho was sunning himself in Ibiza, and he was expected to stay on holiday for at least another week.

Garnacho’s attitude will endear him to Erik ten Hag and the coaching staff and give him a great chance of earning a spot on United’s pre-season tour.

Returning now as part of a smaller group also helps Garnacho stand out, and his extra commitment to the cause is what Manchester United fans want to see too.

The former Atletico Madrid youngster is entering his third season at the club and is hotly tipped to make a first team impact, having made his debut at the end of last season in two games as a substitute.

Garnacho scored 19 goals in all competitions for United’s youth sides last season, including seven in six games in the FA Youth Cup winning run.

Just by being there at Carrington on Monday, Garnacho stands out as an early winner as the Ten Hag era kicks off. The Times reported the new manager put the players through a ‘mammoth’ first day of training.

The hard work is only just beginning, and Garnacho’s training efforts and contribution have to be strong, but with his ‘willing to work’ attitude, Garnacho is on the right track.

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