Manchester United beat Fulham 2-1 this afternoon thanks to a 93rd minute winner from Alejandro Garnacho. The 18-year-old was brought on with 20 minutes to play with the hope he could have a similar impact on the game to his substitution appearance against Aston Villa in the League Cup earlier this week, where he assisted two goals.
United instantly looked a greater threat down the left wing and Garnacho was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when shoved off the ball and tripped in the box.
However, with time running out, and essentially the last kick of the ball, Garnacho brought the ball down the left win, played a one-two with fellow goalscorer Christian Eriksen, and his acceleration and strength saw him get back on the ball and slot it away in the far corner.
After the game, Erik ten Hag spoke to Sky Sports about the impact the Argentinean teenager is capable of.
It’s a big skill he has, it is always to find the balance but that skill you need definitely in the top. He came in, make a big impact as he did on Thursday, so well done.
He then extended the point with BBC Sport, hailing the player for his belief and ability.
[Him scoring] is fantastic. First, he shows the mentality you need. Under stress he’s performing, he’s coming in, he has an impact, he has the belief. Twice in three, four days, so that is really good.
I’m really happy that we can bring a young player up and it shows that when players deserve it they get their chances. That is the first one but we have to bring more. He’s great. I like that he has a big belief and that’s great to work with. He likes football. He’s a real pleasure.
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