Reports suggest that Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho has sustained a more serious injury than initially thought. The 18-year-old was injured following a challenge by Kyle Walker-Peters during United’s match against Southampton. United manager Erik ten Hag substituted Garnacho on for Jadon Sancho in the 73rd minute as they searched for a goal against the Saints. He was quickly involved in the action as he battled with Walker-Peters inside the box, with the latter making a fair challenge on him. However, Garnacho went down injured and could be seen in a lot of pain. Despite continuing, he was taken off in stoppage-time.
Following the game, Press Association reporter Simon Peach tweeted a picture of the youngster leaving on crutches and wearing a protective boot. It was reported that Ten Hag said on Sunday it ‘doesn’t look too bad‘, however, Argentine outlet TyC Sports reports it’s actually worse than expected following ‘studies.’ The injury means Garnacho could also be out of action for Argentina’s upcoming clashes with Panama and Curacao later this month.
Garnacho’s knock will undoubtedly frustrate him amid his impressive season for the club, having scored four goals and assisted five to date. It also adds to a disappointing afternoon for United, who went down to ten men in the first half after Casemiro was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Carlos Alcaraz. His dismissal certainly didn’t help the hosts’ efforts for the rest of the match, with the Saints able to hold onto a crucial point.
Both sides hit the woodwork in the second half but the score remained goalless in an entertaining affair. The result still leaves Southampton bottom of the Premier League table, with United maintaining their third place spot.