Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag believes Alejandro Garnacho’s ability to take players on is a rare quality in the Premier League.
Garnacho, 18, impressed during his breakthrough season at Old Trafford with the former Atletico Madrid starlet impressing games for the senior team.
Ten Hag turned to the winger on Saturday as his United lost 1-0 to rivals Manchester City and Garnacho did not disappoint.
The teenager showed his skills by beating Nathan Ake with a piece of trickery before crossing the ball to Marcus Rashford to set up United’s winner.
Garnacho made a big impression which pleased his manager.
Ten Hag said ahead of United’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace on Wednesday: “He has a skill that I don’t see many players in the Premier League have – he beats players one on one.
“He has learned in the last months how to play in a team, how to live, how to do the right things during the week, how to have the right attitude on the training ground and you see how he acts as a team player and With his individual skills that can make the difference.
“Also for him it is to continue in the process. It is not done. There is a lot to come. There is a lot of room for improvement with him but he can help, he can contribute at the highest level already and I am Really happy.
“It is a bonus for us as a club that you bring in young players and they can come not only in the team, but the team and I think this is part of our project that should contribute to our success.”
Luke Shaw is another player who has impressed Ten Hag in recent weeks after his displays at both centre-back and left-back.
Shaw helped set up Erling Haaland against City in what was only his fourth game as a centre-back.
“I love that he’s so honest,” Ten Hog added. “After the second game, he didn’t play and said: ‘I completely understand, my performance is not right’. But from the first day in training in pre-season he was working really hard and you can see when he has the Right approach he is a top players.
“I mean not only as a team player, he is a leader. He has shown a lot of leadership capacities – he is the example at the moment – and with his skills and with his physical power he brings a lot to the team. But Now also with his mentality. He’s an example of how to win big games. I’m really happy with his development. I think it’s been huge either at centre-half or left full-back, he’s a great player and a Great personality for the dressing room.
“It was a big decision (to play Shaw at centre-back against City), but I think when you analyze the profile of Haaland and the combination with (Kevin) De Bruyne, it’s also the right decision because Luke has the physicality Power to compete with them and also has the tactical mind to make the right decision and technical skills to play in that position.
“I think (against City) it’s a really good match but I think in other games he can contribute even more on the left in wide positions, so it’s a tactical choice and we can see from game to game what we need. And I Think we have more players in our squad who have the ability to be multi-functional and we can use that as a weapon in games.
United will go second in the Premier League if they beat Palace at Selhurst Park.
Garnacho has cemented his reputation as Manchester United’s next great hope
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