Erik ten Hag confirms “serious” injury to Manchester United forward Alejandro Garnacho
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Alejandro Garnacho picked up a “serious” injury in the game against Southampton.
The Saints visited Old Trafford on Sunday (12 March). During the match, the Dutch manager subbed in the Argentine for Jadon Sancho in the 73rd minute. However, the 18-year-old had to be withdrawn before the full-time whistle in the 0-0 draw.
During the game, the Saint Mary’s Stadiums side’s full-back Kyle Walker-Peters put in a strong challenge on Garnacho. After that, the youngster was seen limping.
Speaking to the media via Manchester Evening News, Ten Hag revealed that he is not sure about the extent of the 18-year-old’s injury. However, the gaffer was not thrilled about having another player on the sidelines.
“I can’t say exactly at this moment, but it will take weeks. So it’s a serious injury, didn’t expect, but a foul. A serious injury. Once again after Christian Eriksen, we have a serious injury after contact.”
United signed Garnacho in 2020 from Atletico Madrid. Over the years, the forward developed in the Red Devils’ youth ranks. In the previous campaign, he won the FA Youth Cup with the U18s.
This season, the 18-year-old needed some time to get into Ten Hag’s plans. However, after some clutch performances, the youngster has firmly established himself in the Old Trafford side’s senior squad.
In the last few months, the Argentine has come off the bench and has made a big impact. Against the likes of Aston Villa, Fulham and Manchester City over the course of the campaign, he has changed the game.
Ten Hag has relied on Marcus Rashford mostly on the left-hand side of the attack. The England international has shouldered the burden of our attack. However, Garnacho has deputised admirably and has been a great backup to the 25-year-old.
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Hopefully, the Argentine will not be out for too long. Thankfully, the international break will give the 18-year-old time to recuperate and help him get ready for United sooner rather than later.