Interim manager Ralf Rangnick promotes Manchester United academy starlet Alejandro Garnacho to first-team training
According to the Mirror, Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has promoted academy winger Alejandro Garnacho into the first-team training setup, ahead of the Premier League fixture against Everton on the weekend.
The Red Devils travel to Goodison Park on Saturday to face off against a Toffees side that is threatened by relegation, as Frank Lampard’s men have been unable to pick up wins in recent weeks and look in danger of facing the drop in the summer.
United meanwhile, are in seventh place in the league table and could potentially miss out on a top-four spot by the end of the season as they battle Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and West Ham United to secure a hotly-contested fourth place.
One of the main reasons why the club sits in this low position is because of the lack of goals up front. Our forwards have not been consistent enough this term to keep up a steady supply of goals, and this has massively impacted our chances in the top flight.
Garnacho earns first-team promotion
In an attempt to breathe fresh life into the senior side, Rangnick has now called up Garnacho to train with the first team. He is not the only youngster to be given this reward for his impressive performances at the youth level, with Hannibal Mejbri also involved in training sessions.
His performances for the reserve sides at Carrington earned a senior call-up to the Argentina senior national team over the international break, training alongside the likes of Lionel Messi. At club level, the player will be preparing for games in the company of Cristiano Ronaldo – making Garnacho one of the very few footballers in the world to train with both modern legends of the game.
Promoting youth is part of United’s DNA, with the club famed for bringing up some of the brightest and most talented stars in football. Current first-team stars like Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Jesse Lingard, and Paul Pogba are amongst the names to have come through the ranks at Carrington.
Rangnick has been no stranger to giving academy starlets a chance either, with youngsters like Charlie Savage and Zidane Iqbal handed their senior debuts by the German in the Champions League group stage earlier in the season.
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However, no teenage star has impressed under the former RB Leipzig boss this term at United as Anthony Elanga has. The Swede has been brilliant for the first team, scoring crucial goals in games and establishing himself in the starting lineup, benching other stars like Rashford.
Garnacho will hope to follow a similar path and be handed a senior debut by Rangnick this weekend when they take on Everton. We have looked short of creativity and ideas up front of late, and it would not be the worst idea in the world to give the academy star a chance to impress against the Toffees. All eyes will be on the team sheet on Saturday to see if he has done enough in training this week to convince Rangnick to play him.