Scouting expert picks out Manchester United starlet Alejandro Garnacho as stand-out prospect
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Manchester United winger Alejandro Garnacho has been picked out as the prospect who “stands out” most among their FA Youth Cup winners.
The Red Devils youngsters lifted the prestigious trophy last month with a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford, where the Argentine youth international got on the scoresheet.
And after making his first-team debut under Ralf Rangnick as well as training with the senior national team before the end of the 2021/22 campaign, scouting expert Azzopardi predicted that he will have a “very good career” going forward.
“They beat Wolves on the way to the final so I watched that game, they’ve got one or two really good players,” he told The Football Wonderkids.
“I think it’s Garnacho, the young lad, the Argentinian lad. He just looks like a player. He looks like he’s going to be one hell of a player. I think he’s in the Argentina first-team already or he’s been training with them as well, so that’s how highly they regard him.
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“With Erik Ten Hag next season as well it’ll be interesting to see if he gives him any opportunities. I think he’s been on the bench once or twice for the Manchester United first-team, but I think he just looks like a really talented footballer.
“I think he was a big part of their FA Youth Cup success and for me he was the one who stands out and he’s the one who is going to have a very good career in football.“
After making his senior debut at the end of the season, and representing Argentina’s youth teams once again earlier this month, the 17-year-old’s talent is clear for all to see.
Ten Hag has previously shown no fear in using young players while at Ajax if they’re good enough, and if Garnacho stays at Old Trafford this summer rather than going out on loan then there is every chance he’ll get another opportunity if his performances continue.
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