Rangnick suggests wonderkid Garnacho faces battle to play for United v Palace

Manchester United wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho could face Crystal Palace in Sunday’s final game of the Premier League season.

At his final pre-match press conference as United boss, Rangnick was asked whether any of the club’s young stars would feature at Selhurst Park.

Garnacho led United to the FA Youth Cup earlier this month and the 17-year-old is arguably the standout talent in that group.

Rangnick said that the Argentine starlet had suffered from illness recently but had returned to training this week and could face Palace.

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Garnacho could face Palace

“Unfortunately, Alejandro was ill in the last couple of days,” said Rangnick.

“He was training with us until midweek last week but then he had to drop out because he was ill.

“I think today was the first training session that he was back again.

“He might well be in the squad but I’m not sure if he’s physically, after this illness, capable and fit enough to play.”

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Many United fans have wanted to see Rangnick give minutes to the young players with the season dwindling away but he has only limited that to some very brief cameos.

Even on Sunday, United need to win to guarantee sixth spot and Europa League football, rather than dropping into the Conference League.

That means Rangnick is perhaps unlikely to start any youngsters, at a game Erik ten Hag is expected to attend, as per the Guardian.

It would have been good for Garnacho and Hannibal to get more gametime, but Rangnick has seemingly left the bulk of the work in terms of blooding them to ten Hag, who does have an excellent record when it comes to developing young talent.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.