Manchester United debut for Alejandro Garnacho leaves family in tears
Alejandro Garnacho made his Manchester United first-team debut against Chelsea last night, causing tears in the stands from his family.
The 17-year-old was introduced in injury time by Ralf Rangnick for Anthony Elanga, as the Red Devils held the European champions to a 1-1 draw.
The youngster had made the match-day squad for the first team and his family were clearly overcome with pride to see him make it onto the pitch at Old Trafford.
In a video shared on Twitter by Alvaro de Grado, his father can be seen wiping tears of joy from his eyes, as his mother and siblings record the moment on their phones.
The Argentina under-20 international was noted by Martin Tyler on the Sky Sports match commentary as having trained with both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same week.
The winger shared on his Instagram account after the message: “I can’t put into words what I’m feeling right now, I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I was 4 years old.”
It is not uncommon to see youth team stars make an appearance late in the season for the senior side, especially at United.
Fans will be hoping the attacker can follow in the footsteps of illustrious predecessors such as the Class of ’92 or Marcus Rashford.
His idol Ronaldo rescued a point for the hosts, firing home an instant response after Marcos Alonso had put the visitors ahead, after David de Gea had frustrated an otherwise dominant performance from Thomas Tuchel’s men.
While featuring in various age group competitions this season Garnacho has come alive in the FA Youth Cup.
He has driven his team to the final, scoring five and assisting three more in five games.
If he can translate that kind of form into performances as he moves up he will not have to wait long to make more senior appearances.
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