Manchester United full-back Alvaro Fernandez has impressed in pre-season so far, having featured in every game so far on the tour and looks set to feature again against his former side, Real Madrid.
The full-back joined from Madrid’s youth academy and spent last season on loan at Preston North End and the full-back, who has Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia ahead of him in the pecking order, has spoken about his future and his desire for more game time.
Speaking to Spanish outlet AS, Fernandez said: “Hopefully I can stay in the United first team. If it doesn’t happen and I have to go out on loan, then keep working hard and keep growing.
“I am 20 years old and what I want is to play. But if it can be at United, much better.”
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The defender looked promising out on loan in the Championship last season and was awarded the club’s young player of the Year award, following his impressive breakthrough season.
The Spaniard clearly is a bundle of energy and enthusiasm for United down that left-hand side, although it does seem difficult for the defender to displace the two senior left-backs ahead of him.
However, the Spaniard has looked promising with his attacking nature and his willingness to push forward and get involved higher up the pitch. Malacia, who United signed from Feyenoord last summer, is struggling with an injury at the moment, so this may well be the chance for Fernandez to show he is good enough to be part of the senior squad.
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Fernandez provided an assist in last night’s defeat to Wrexham, setting up a goal for fellow Spaniard Marc Jurado.
Fernandez hints at Spain return
Another interesting quote from the Spaniard was when he was asked whether he would like to return to Spain sometime in the future.
“In the end, I have been away for a few years. That’s fine, but there’s always that spark to return.
“I’m great in England, it’s the truth, but there is always that door open to return to Spain in the future,” he added.
The talented defender may well be in line for another loan if ten Hag doesn’t see him as part of his immediate plans for the season ahead.