In the 91st minute of the match against Chelsea at Old Trafford, replacing Anthony ElangaArgentine youth international midfielder Alexander Garnacho17 years old, born in Madrid and youth squad for Atléticor, took this Thursday his first steps in the ‘Premier League’ with the Man Utdalthough with hardly any time, even, to touch a ball in his first appearance with the first team.
With 49 seconds over the 90th minute (the added time was up to 93), the left winger jumped onto the field, received the greeting and the gesture of Anthony RudigerChelsea defender, as soon as he positioned himself on the pitch and went into action, although without contacting the ball.
He did do several races. One towards the search within the area of a possible center of Cristiano Ronaldo frustrated by a defender and another in a pressure on a rival in the last play of the duel, which ended 1-1 and almost definitively removes United from the possibility of playing in the next Champions League.
Garnacho, born in Madrid on July 1, 2004 and international first with Spain in the lower categories and now with Argentina in the sub’20, He played in the Atlético de Madrid youth academy, from which he came to Manchester United in 2000with which he has stood out in the sub’18 and sub’23 squads until making the leap to the first team of Ralf Rannickwith whom he has been training since the beginning of the month and with whom he debuted this Thursday at Old Trafford, who received him to applause.
“He is one of our most promising players. He is only 17 years old, but I hope he keeps his feet on the ground. If he tries to improve every day he will not only be on the substitute bench, but there are chances that he will play for this club”, said the coach on April 16, when he already included him in the squad against Norwich. Twelve days later he already played his first minutes.
Garnacho, eligible for the Argentine national team because it is his mother’s country of birth, entered the preliminary call for the ‘albiceleste’ last March for the two qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup against Venezuela and Ecuador.