Manchester United youngster Alejandro Garnacho scored the winner to lead the Red Devils’ under-23s to a win over Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Garnacho, 17, netted from close range after an assist from striker D’Mani Mellor, who won the ball back inside the Chelsea box.
While Garnacho’s strike was an easy finish, he made it look that way with the way he opened his body up to convert it with his weaker left foot.
United were the dominant side against a lacklustre Chelsea team who are battling relegation in the under-23 league. The 1-0 win for United leaves Neil Wood’s side in fourth place.
This was a second home game United’s under-23s have played at Old Trafford in the last few weeks, and the team have won both, previously beating Everton.
Garnacho was pictured in first team training for United this week and rose to the test of showing he would not be distracted by that, and would continue to shine at academy level.
The Argentine international sent out a message on social media after the win, expressing how much he loves playing at Old Trafford.
Garnacho has now scored six goals at Old Trafford this season, five in United’s FA Youth Cup run to the final, and this one for the under-23s. He also provided an assist in the previous under-23 game there.
The youngster now has 16 goals for United’s academy teams this season plus six assists and he is brimming with confidence.
It bodes well that United will host the Youth Cup final at Old Trafford too, against Nottingham Forest, Garnacho is keeping up his form.
The way he has performed also offers encouragement for when he makes the step up to the first team, he is unlikely to be daunted by stepping up.
Without wanting to put too much pressure on his shoulders, it looks like United may have a star emerging.