Alejandro Garnacho ‘showed more in 45 minutes than Jadon Sancho has in his entire Manchester United career’, says Tony Cascarino, but Erik ten Hag sends warning to 18-year-old

    Alejandro Garnacho is ready to challenge for a place in Manchester United’s starting XI after his dazzling emergence this season.

    That’s according to talkSPORT host Tony Cascarino, who claims the 18-year-old Argentine ace has ‘shown more’ in his handful of dazzling appearances than Jadon Sancho has since become a Red Devil.

    Garnacho is slowly cementing his place in the Man United first team – having managed two goals and three assists in seven appearances

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    Garnacho is slowly cementing his place in the Man United first team – having managed two goals and three assists in seven appearances

    The 18-year-old is tipped for big things in the game

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    The 18-year-old is tipped for big things in the game

    Garnacho has made seven senior appearances for United, has really shone in the club’s last two outings in the Europa League and their Carabao Cup comeback against Aston Villa.

    The wonderkid impressed in his full debut for the Premier League giants against FC Sheriff, with a performance that saw him compared to Cristiano Ronaldo by Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes.

    He then followed that up by scoring his first senior Man United goal with the winner in a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad, which saw Ten Hag’s side progress from the group stage.

    After that game Garnacho was called out for his poor attitude at the start of the season by teammate and vice-captain Bruno Fernandes, who said the youngster is already seeing the benefits after improving his conduct at the club.

    Garnacho then came off the bench to provide two assists as United came back from 2-1 down to beat Villa 4-2 to seal their place in the fourth round – where they will face Burnley – in a cameo which got fans out of their seats every time he had the ball.

    And former Chelsea striker Cascarino says the teen star has impressed him so much that he can see Garnacho making regular starts for United soon, telling the likes of Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga to watch their backs.

    Sancho is struggling to produce his best football in a Red Devils shirt

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    Sancho is struggling to produce his best football in a Red Devils shirt

    Fernandes’ comments on Garnacho split opinion, but Cascarino says the experienced pro was trying to give the youngster a lesson

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    Fernandes’ comments on Garnacho split opinion, but Cascarino says the experienced pro was trying to give the youngster a lesson

    “Garnacho is ready to challenge anyone in that forward line,” said the Weekend Sports Breakfast host on talkSPORT.

    “He’s so tenacious, he’s scaring the life out of full-backs, he wants to go past people. 

    “He does a thing very few wingers can do brilliantly, and that’s running across the line of a defender and trying to get behind them, and then the defender just gets scared. 

    “All he wants to do is get to a position where he’s either going to set someone up or try to score himself – which he eventually did. 

    “He’s dangerous and he’s making a good case for himself to be playing in the Man United team now.”

    Cascarino also expects Garnacho to push Sancho even further down the Old Trafford pecking order.

    England star Sancho has struggled to reach the levels expected of him since his £73million arrival from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2021, having managed just eight goals and four assists in 52 appearances.

    Sancho is struggling for confidence after failing to replicate the form he showed at Dortmund

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    Sancho is struggling for confidence after failing to replicate the form he showed at Dortmund

    “If you look at Jadon Sancho and where he is and how he’s played, I’ve seen more from Garnacho this season in 45 minutes than I have from Sancho since he’s joined United,” Cascarino added.

    “Sancho was brought to the club to get to bylines, get to dangerous areas of the pitch and make defenders uncomfortable, get goals and assists, and he’s not done that.

    “Garnacho has got hunger and desire, he looks like an angry kid at times, he wants to be really direct – and that sits really well for what United need right now.

    “He’s got the lot.”

    However, United boss Ten Hag has sent a warning to Garnacho despite his rapid rise.

    Garnacho missed team meetings during pre-season and has been carefully managed by Ten Hag ever since

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    Garnacho missed team meetings during pre-season and has been carefully managed by Ten Hag ever since

    The Dutchman appears keen to keep his feet on the ground and make a point about his attitude, and has challenged the youngster to keep working hard to earn a more regular first-team spot.

    “It was good that he came on and showed that performance and had that impact in the game, to be able to assist, make the dribbles and run behind,” Ten Hag said after the cup win over Villa.

    “There are some things he has to improve, for instance when we go long to go for the second balls. He still has things to learn but quite obviously we are happy with his development and he can contribute to the team.

    “It depends on his approach, his attitude. When he keeps working then yes, it is possible [for him to play more]. He wants to improve every day. He has to do the right things in his lifestyle. He has the capability.”

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