It’s been a brilliant season for Alejandro Garnacho and Alvaro Fernandez and they have taken another step forward after being added to the Manchester United first team.
Despite the litany of problems on and off the pitch at Old Trafford after another demoralizing campaign, United have remained the leading example in scouting and developing some of the game’s most exciting talent. been the only reason for optimism this year and that’s largely thanks to Garnacho and Fernandez.
The duo arrived at United in 2020 from Spain – Garnacho from Atletico Madrid and Fernandez from Real Madrid – and have continued to develop their talents within the academy. The duo have had a stellar season this term with exciting forward Garnacho particularly exciting fans.
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The 17-year-old has played at Under-18, 19 and 23 levels this season but his displays as United march to their first FA Youth Cup final since 2011 really caught the eye, with five goals and three assists in just five games. . Garnacho was called up to the Argentina national team on the back of his performances and made his senior United debut as a late substitute in the recent draw with Chelsea.
Although he’s still waiting for his first-team bow, Fernandez has also been impressive this season. The left-back has proven just as capable defensively as he is in attack, with four goals and six assists to his name, and there are growing calls for him to be selected ahead of Alex Telles , underperforming. He was on the bench against Chelsea but didn’t make it.
Garnacho and Fernandez have been training regularly with Ralf Rangnick’s side over the past few weeks and they now appear to have been promoted to senior status for good. Both of their player profiles on United’s website have been added to the first squad section.
Both youngsters are hoping for even more minutes before the end of the season and will be looking to impress new manager Erik ten Hag in pre-season.
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