Premier League: Why Alejandro Garnacho is Manchester United’s next Superstar

Manchester United wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho is quickly becoming the hottest teenager in World football

Alejandro Garnacho is the latest teenage footballing sensation to dazzle in the colors of Manchester United. A long list that includes the likes of David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and several others. More recently Marcus Rashford.

The Red Devils are a club that has always paid special attention to youth and the new manager, Erik ten Hag has continued that tradition.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag giving instructions to teenage sensation Garnacho
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag giving instructions to teenage sensation Garnacho

Career progression

Garnacho who turned 18 in July was born in Spain and has represented them at the U18 level but he chose to represent Argentina at U20 level and was eligible to do so due to his Mother being born there.

He began his youth career at Getafe before spending five years at the Atletico Madrid academy until 2020 when United came calling.

Garnacho was a revelation in the United youth team. He won the FA youth cup as well as the Jimmy Murphy young player of the year award in may 2022.

Garnacho playing for the Manchester United Youth team
Garnacho playing for the Manchester United Youth team

He scored twice in the final of the FA Youth Cup against Nottingham Forest, helping United win the competition for the first time since 2011.

First team appearances

After several weeks as an unused substitute, Garnacho made his first team debut for United coming on in added time against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw.

He made his first start for the club in a 3-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa league and scored his first goal a week later against Real Sociedad in the same competition.

How good can Garnacho become?

At 18 years old, he is certainly not the finished article. There is still plenty of room for improvement but Garnacho is certainly a breath of fresh air. As long as he stays focused and continues to learn, there will be plenty of improvement to come.

As far as his style of play, He is right-footed and can beat a defender with nifty stepovers and excellent ball movement. He possesses good first touch as well as excellent speed and is never scared to take on any full back.

Garnacho is confident, a willing runner and constantly ready to attack his defender with every opportunity he gets. There is no telling just how impactful he can become, even at such a young age. This is a player that is showing all the makings of a generational talent

Garnacho in action for Manchester United against Aston Villa in the EFL cup
Garnacho in action for Manchester United against Aston Villa in the EFL cup

He has an eye for goal as his recent performances have shown. Manchester United have lacked a spark in attack in recent weeks and the talented teenager has provided an additional weapon for manager, Erik ten Hag.