David James hopes Alejandro Garnacho has “good people around him” amidst Manchester United contract talks
Former Manchester City ace David James hopes Manchester United youngster Alejandro Garnacho has “good people around him” amidst new contract talks. The ex-goalkeeper anticipates the 18-year-old to get even better.
The Argentine national’s current contract runs until 2024, with the Red Devils holding an option to extend it for a further season. However, the forward’s performances have compelled the Old Trafford side to reward him with a new deal.
United could bump Garnacho’s current salary ten times to £50,000 a week. Speaking to GGRecon (h/t Manchester Evening News), James, who played for Liverpool as well, believes the 18-year-old would thrive if he is driven by money.
“If he was going to be corrupted [by money] then £5,000-a-week would have already corrupted him.
“I hope he has a lot of good people around him advising him on what to do with that extra £45,000. Providing that he does have the right people advising him, that allows him to concentrate on his football.
“I don’t know the man at all, but if he is money driven, £50,000-a-week may mean that he’ll soon want £100,000-a-week, which in that case will drive him on to play even better.”
The Argentine was signed by the Red Devils in the summer of 2020 from Atletico Madrid. After thriving with the Old Trafford side’s youth teams, the youngster has been given opportunities in the first team this season.
Initially, Garnacho was not afforded a lot of opportunities in the starting lineup by Erik ten Hag. However, the 18-year-old was handed his first start for United in the Europa League group stage fixture against Sheriff Tiraspol at Old Trafford.
A few days later, the youngster started once again for the Red Devils in the UEL against Real Sociedad. In the 1-0 win over La Real, the Argentine got his first goal for the club.
Subsequently, the Dutch manager put more faith in Garnacho. And the 18-year-old repaid the gaffer’s trust with some clutch performances.
In the Carabao Cup tie against Aston Villa, the forward came on as a substitute for the final half and hour. He gave two assists as United won 4-2. Then against Fulham in our final fixture before the World Cup break, the youngster scored in stoppage time to hand the Red Devils a 2-1 win over Fulham.
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Rightfully, Garnacho is set to be awarded for his performances with a new contract. However, the 18-year-old still has a long way to go in his career. Hopefully, the forward can fulfil his potential in Manchester.