Alejandro Garnacho praised by Argentina under-20 coach Javier Mascherano

Manchester United youngster Alejandro Garnacho has been making a big impression at an under-20 international tournament over the past fortnight.

Representing Argentina, Garnacho won the ‘revelation of the tournament’ award for best player, the goal of the tournament award, and was named in the best XI too.

Garnacho’s manager for Argentina under-20s is former United foe, Javier Mascherano, who enjoyed battles against the Red Devils with Liverpool, Barcelona, and West Ham.

Mascherano regards Garnacho highly, and has been speaking in Argentina about his early impressions of the 17-year-old.

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Mascherano praises Alejandro Garnacho

Mascherano told Argentine newspaper Ole: “Alejandro is a great player, with a lot of potential to continue growing.

“It is clear that by playing in the club he plays for, and above all the importance his club gives him for the future, will depend on him for what he is capable of.”

The coach went on to praise the ‘spectacular’ group, before saying they would now get some well deserved rest before returning to their clubs for pre-season.

Garnacho was the standout player for United at youth level this season, netting 19 goals at all levels, including under-23, under-18, and UEFA Youth League games.

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He was the star of Manchester United’s FA Youth Cup triumph, with the Red Devils winning the trophy for the first time in 11 years.

Garnacho has already made his Manchester United first team debut, and he is likely to feature at some stage in pre-season, for new manager Erik ten Hag to take a look at him.

United can’t expect or demand too much from the teenager in 2022/23, but if he can contribute to the first team then it would be a major bonus. Garnacho looks to be a fantastic talent, who is rising to every task he is presented with.

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