By Joe Ellis

8th Apr, 2022 | 10:47am

Manchester United: Alejandro Garnacho in first-team training

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has called 17-year-old Alejandro Garnacho into first-team training ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Everton.

The Argentine has already received a senior call-up for his country and trained alongside Lionel Messi in his short career so far but he could now be set to feature for the first time in a senior game for the Red Devils.

Utd Report Academy shared an image on Twitter of Garnacho buzzing about among some of the highest-paid players in England s he potentially prepares to make his professional debut at club level.

Rangnick is expected to continue with Anthony Elanga and Jadon Sancho in the wide areas, where Garnacho is most likely to play, with Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo through the middle.

With no more European football to play and a Champions League place looking out of reach, the interim United boss might be tempted to give the likes of Garnacho and his fellow teenage teammates a chance in the first team to try and set them up for a bigger involvement next season under whoever replaces him at the helm.

Setting the example

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Manchester United have been doing this for decades and no other Premier League team has really come close to them either.

The incredible stat that there has been an academy graduate in every matchday squad since 1938 always gets thrown about at a time like this and with good reason too because it is something worth shouting about.

Garnacho could be just the latest to be given a chance and United fans will hope it goes in a similar direction to that of the debuts from Marcus Rashford and Josh Harrop, who both scored braces on their first appearance for the club.

The Premier League should introduce a rule which says at least two academy graduates have to be in the matchday squad for every game to try and stop these clubs from throwing money here, there and everywhere to get the best talent in Europe.

In other Manchester United news, the Red Devils are chasing a deal to sign this striking sensation from Rangers.