Ahead of Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Leeds United, manager Erik ten Hag spoke about the need for Alejandro Garnacho to get on the scoresheet. The youngster didn’t have a good game against Leeds at Old Trafford but was still given a place on the bench, replaced by Jadon Sancho in the starting line-up for Elland Road, but
He is having an impact, is doing well. He had good actions and created chances [against Leeds] but had to score. As a striker, you have to be on the scoring list and the assist list, key action list, to have the right impact. We expect him to also do the other stuff, but that is the base. If you don’t do extra, then you have to do that as a base function. As a Man Utd player we expect you to have an influence on the score, the result and to have a positive influence on the game.
He is quite emotional, that is a strength. He wants to win, he wants to play football and he doesn’t want to miss any minutes and I think that’s a cool thing. He is totally convinced of himself and that’s a good thing. The biggest stress factor that you have is to perform and he is. He wants to contribute to the end, but we accept decisions. The team is always above everything and he knows that. When he comes off, the emotion and frustration is not against that – that’s he’s not accepting it.
Garnacho came off the bench for Sancho with half an hour to play and confirmed United’s win with a great goal. While Ten Hag was seen in full celebration on the bench, Sancho, Diogo Dalot and Tyrell Malacia also looked equally as happy to see the youngster score.
The Argentinian now has three goals five goals, scoring or assisting in all four competitions for United this season, and showed his poor game at home against Leeds wasn’t going to deter him.