Erik ten Hag Fires Warning to Alejandro Garnacho Despite Brilliant Role in Carabao Cup Win

Erik ten Hag Fires Warning to Alejandro Garnacho Despite Brilliant Role in Carabao Cup Win

Rene Otinga
November 11, 2022 at 6:32 AM
  • Alejandro Garnacho produced a masterful 30-minute cameo on Thursday, to help Manchester United beat Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup
  • Villa twice took the lead, but the Red Devils had an extraordinary second half as they turned the game on its head
  • United manager Erik ten Hag was full of praise for the youngster, but his words also came with a warning

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has warned youngster Alejandro Garnacho that he needs to check his attitude and lifestyle, if he is to become a regular starter at the club.

Garnacho was the star of the show on Thursday, November 10, with his second half cameo that helped the Red Devils beat Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup third round.

The youngster was brought in with United trailing 2-1 and proved instrumental, with assists to Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay to help turn the game around.

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Manchester United's Alejandro Garnacho celebrates the fourth goal during the Carabao Cup third round match against Aston Villa at Old Trafford on November 10. Photo by Matthew Peters.
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Speaking after the game, ten Hag praised Garnacho, but also warned that his playing time would be largely dependent on his conduct and attitude.

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"It depends on his approach, on his attitude," said ten Hag as quoted by Manchester Evening News.

Ten Hag added that if Garnacho kept a good attitude, aimed to improve every day and did the right things in terms of his lifestyle, it was possible for him to earn a starting position for United.

"You can see he has capabilities and can contribute to attacking football. Also, he has something; he can break open a compact defending line," he added.

Garnacho switched international allegiance from Spain to Argentina, but is yet to make a senior appearance for the Argentine national team.

Amid his impressive performance for United in recent weeks, this was not the case in pre- season, where he got in trouble twice for turning up late for team meetings, according to BBC.

Bruno Fernandes’ take on Garnacho

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Bruno Fernandes’ controversial take on Garnacho.

Garnacho was the match-winner on November 3 against Real Sociedad, but his goal was not enough to see Manchester United top their group on Thursday, as Sociedad proceeded to the last 16 as group winners.

Despite the youngster’s impressive performance, Fernandes put a damper on him by claiming he did not have the right attitude early on in the season.

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