Manchester United starlet Alejandro Garnacho called up to the Argentina senior team
The teenager joined Carrington in 2020 from Atletico Madrid’s youth setup, after impressing everyone with his goalscoring exploits and blistering pace. He becomes the latest player to turn out for our under-18s as an academy product, which is known for bringing up current first-team stars.
Now called up to the senior side of the Argentina national football team, Garnacho’s stock is sure to rise, with the 17-year-old set to link up with players like Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, and Lautaro Martinez. Hopefully, it is the first of many in the years to come.
Despite the Madrid-born starlet representing Spain at the youth level, he is eligible to play for Argentina through his mother. He will now look to make his senior debut for the South American giants as Lionel Scaloni’s side prepare for matches against Venezuela and Ecuador.
Future superstar for United
Just 17, securing a call up to the senior national team of a footballing giant is no easy feat, but it is a testament to how good the winger is. The natural next step for Garnacho is now to force his way into Man United’s first team, which could do with a player with his qualities as we are short of goals up front.
Touted to be a ‘goalscoring machine‘, the player made quite an impact at Atletico when he was still playing for their youth team. In 2016, he was the top scorer for the Spanish side, and he looks to have continued his exploits in England when he wowed everyone with an impressive solo goal against Everton under-18s last month.
In a season that has seen our senior side struggle in front of goal and fail to finish off chances to put games to bed, Garnacho could prove to be a remedy until the end of the season. With 10 games to go in the Premier League, the pressure to secure a top-four spot in the league table is on and results need to be perfect from here on out.
Cristiano Ronaldo has looked like a shadow of himself in 2022 and failed to find the net on multiple occasions this year. Perhaps it may be time to look at a player obsessed by Ronaldo than the man himself. Unlike the veteran, Garnacho has much to prove and could show more intent if afforded an opportunity.
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Interim manager Ralf Rangnick has not been afraid to look at academy stars for attacking displays this season, with the German turning to Anthony Elanga to help provide a spark from the flanks to boost Man United’s end product.
With not much of the season left and the Red Devils in fifth place currently, it may be time for a gamble given the dire circumstances we find ourselves in. Garnacho has proven to be good enough to earn a call-up to Argentina’s senior side despite his age, and we should perhaps take the hint and promote him to our senior side until the summer to secure Champions League football next season.