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“He gets better every day”- Antonio Valencia full of praise for Manchester United’s breakthrough star

Real Madrid 'willing' to pay €100 million for Manchester United forward Alejandro Garnacho.
Manchester United forward Alejandro Garnacho. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia heaps praise at Alejandro Garnacho

Former Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia was full of praise for United’s young forward Alejandro Garnacho.

Valencia stated that Garnacho is ‘getting better every day’ after securing his spot within manager Erik ten Hag’s squad.

Garnacho made a total of 34 appearances for United last season, scoring 5 goals and producing 5 assists. The performances earned Garnacho his first call-up to the Argentinian national team.

Bruno Fernandes delighted for Manchester United youngster Alejandro Garnacho after Wolves display.
Manchester United youngster Alejandro Garnacho is gaining experience as a ‘super-sub’ for manager Erik ten Hag. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Valencia told the club media:

“Garnacho has raised his level. He gets better every day. I like him, and the fans want to see him play. Everybody wanted to see him come on [against Wolves at the end of last season]. We knew he was coming off the back of an injury, but he entered the game really well. He took the pitch with a lot of an energy. He changed the face of the match because he came on to cause pressure, and that’s what the team needed.”

Ten Hag has used Garnacho as a super-sub many times as tiring defenders during the late stage of the game leave a lot of space for the 19-year-old to exploit. Garnacho has incredible pace and intelligence to take full advantage of the opponents when they’re tired.

The Argentine attacker came on as a substitute against Wolves and did exactly that. Despite his injury spell, Garnacho showcased his sharpness. Bruno Fernandes provided a perfect assist, and he clinically scored a goal.

Erik ten Hag eyeing a second forward at Manchester United amidst talks with Rasmus Hojlund.
Former Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia was impressed with Alejandro Garnacho’s cameo against Wolves last season. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Valencia spoke further about what Garnacho brings to the team, he said:

“They needed somebody with that energy to come on, to press high up on the pitch with the idea of scoring and assisting. So, he changed the face of the match. I like how he came on. So, being a fan of the club, I was very happy to see him on the pitch. Let’s hope he’s back at that level soon and can play some incredible games because we need him.”

The young Argentinian will look to gain as many minutes as he possibly can while doing a crucial job for his Dutch manager as a super-sub.

We can expect yet another incredible talent from the United youth system, to reach his potential at Old Trafford if Garnacho continues to be consistent as he gains experience.

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Antony will be absent from the team for an indefinite time as he addresses allegations against him. Jadon Sancho, meanwhile, has stirred controversy with Erik ten Hag by calling him out in public.

With the duo’s future at the club uncertain, and Mason Greenwood’s future seemingly lying away from the club, Garnacho will be more important than ever for the Red Devils.

Written by Siddharth Juyal

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