Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has given a rare interview in which he talks highly of teenager Alejandro Garnacho.
It seems a long time ago now, but the early 90s were a memorable time for Manchester United fans as Ryan Giggs developed from an academy player to become one of the club’s biggest stars, which he remained right through, until his retirement in 2014.
Garnacho broke into Manchester United’s first team on a regular basis last season and has played a part in all four games to start this season.
Ryan Giggs on Alejandro Garnacho
Giggs, a two-times Champions League winner with Manchester United, wants Garnacho to seize his chance the next time he is selected to start.
He explained: “He’s done brilliant so far. I think he’s been seen as an impact player more.
“He’s started the first two games of the season, probably didn’t produce the performances he’s capable of but that was the whole team really. At the moment he’s still an impact player, but he’s still young.
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“Next time he gets his chance to start he has to give the manager no reasons to not play him the next game.
“[He’s] a brilliant talent, one who gets you off your feet, one that fans want to see.”
Garnacho on track for the top
Garnacho has some of the same traits Giggs does, with his ability to excite the crowd when he has the ball at his feet. He is still only 19-years-old.
One of his challenges is to nail down a starting spot, and this is difficult, with last season’s top scorer Marcus Rashford making clear that his best position is on the left wing, so the two are competing for the same spot.
Garnacho did start the first two games, but these came when Rashford was leading the line. He could expect to enjoy more success when there is a proper centre-forward, Rasmus Hojlund, leading the attack.
There should be plenty of games to go around for both players this season, and as Giggs points out, Garnacho must seize his next opportunity when he is next given the nod.
Garnacho will play in the Champions League over the next few months, for the very first time, and he will be desperate to make his mark in the competition.