Man United deny breakout starlet opportunity to impress in Under 20 World Cup

Manchester United block inclusion of Alejandro Garnacho in Argentina U20 World Cup squad

Manchester United have blocked the inclusion of Alejandro Garnacho in the Argentina squad for the U20 World Cup, according to TyC Sports (h/t Metro).

The Red Devils have rejected the proposition of letting the 18-year-old leave to represent his national team’s youth side. It is understandable, considering the tournament is set to commence on 20 May, when the Old Trafford side’s season will still be ongoing.

There will still be a few Premier League games left to be played by the end of next month. United will potentially also be involved in the FA Cup and Europa League finals.

Manchester United block inclusion of Alejandro Garnacho in Argentina U20 World Cup squad.
Manchester United have rejected Alejandro Garnacho joining the Argentina U20 World Cup squad. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Therefore, the U20 World Cup, which is set to be held in Argentina, will seemingly come at the wrong time for Garnacho to take part in it.

The 18-year-old has missed the last few games for the Red Devils with injuries. As a whole, the Old Trafford side’s squad has seen multiple fitness issues arise in the last few weeks.

In the current campaign, the Argentine youngster has broken onto the scene under Erik ten Hag. After a slow start to the campaign, the forward has slowly become a key player in the Dutch manager’s plans.

Garnacho has made a considerable impact when called upon by the former Ajax head coach. The 18-year-old has mostly played as a backup on the left wing for Marcus Rashford, who himself has been in imperial form.

However, in the limited game time the Argentine has been provided, he has managed to make an impact. And with Anthony Martial’s fitness issues this season, squad depth is going to be key in the coming weeks.

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Thus, United are wise not to let Garnacho leave during the business end of the campaign. The 18-year-old is still young and has the potential to be Argentina’s senior squad’s next big superstar.