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Alejandro Garnacho lit up Old Trafford on full Man Utd debut, his highlights will make you say wow

Alejandro Garnacho lit up Old Trafford on full Man Utd debut, his highlights will make you say wow

The 18-year-old made his first start against Sheriff Tiraspol.

Alejandro Garnacho proved he's the future of Manchester United with a sensational first start for the club against Sheriff Tiraspol.

Erik ten Hag's side sealed a 3-0 victory on Thursday night in their penultimate Europa League Group E game.

Garnacho was handed a shock start on the left wing, ahead of Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, after impressing in training.

The 18-year-old has been tipped to achieve great things at Old Trafford after smashing it at every level in the youth setup. One look at his performance against Sheriff, and you'll understand why.

Never afraid to take a man on, Garnacho ran at his full-back all evening, twisting and turning with several skills in his locker.

Garnacho busted out stepovers, chops and nutmegs as he looked to impress ten Hag on the touchline.

One moment in the second half saw the Argentina youth international pluck the ball out of the sky with a simply outrageous touch.

He was replaced by Donny van de Beek with 10 minutes to go but was named Player of the Match by United fans for his efforts.

Garnacho is still raw but possesses the talent to become a mainstay in the United team for years to come. Fans online were delighted with his performance with some even calling for him to start against West Ham United on Sunday.

One persons said: "There's real talent there. He just needs a little more refinement."

Another put: "Such a positive performance from the lad."

A third tweeted: "Garnacho is only going to get better."

While someone said: "Love seeing him ready to take a man on. Going to be a problem in the future."

Garnacho featured for United on their pre-season tour but has been forced to bide his time for a first-team start.

Ten Hag admitted in his post-match interview the teenager's matured in recent weeks, while showing more resiliency on the pitch too.

"I think it was a good performance from him," ten Hag told BBC Sport. "He did what I expect him to do.

"First, he deserved the chance after the last weeks. The start was difficult for him in the season.

Garnacho battles with Renato Guedes for the ball. (Image

"I was not happy with him, but the last weeks I was happy with him - he got a better attitude, more resilience, more determination and what you see he is a talent.

"He can take players on and that's a good capability in football nowadays, especially against opponents who are defending compact.

"I'm happy with that. I hope for him it's a stimulus, this first game, and that he knows: 'Yeah, I have to do better to get into the team, to create more but don't forget the other things.' You are playing in a team."

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport & Lamine Productions

Topics: Manchester United, Alejandro Garnacho, Europa League