A former England international has slammed Bruno Fernandes for his criticism of Alejandro Garnacho, amid the Manchester United youngster’s impressive rise.
Garnacho made his first start for Manchester United during the Europa League match against Sheriff Tiraspol on October 27. He managed 79 minutes as Erik ten Hag’s men won 3-0.
grenachewho usually plays on the left wing, has since played against Real Sociedad in Europe, Aston Villa in the Premier League and then Villa again in the Carabao Cup.
The 18-year-old has looked comfortable competing at the highest level and has thrilled Man Utd fans with his tricks, dribbling skills and pace.
Garnacho scored his first goal for Man Utd during a 1–0 win over Sociedad. He was intervened by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 17th minute and made a couple of good touches before firing into the roof of the net with his left foot.
The star also recorded two assists during Man Utd’s 4-2 victory over Villa on Thursday. He set up his third goal by taking advantage of a Robin Olsen error and bringing in Fernandes, allowing the Portuguese to finish off a deflection.
Garnacho’s second assist of the night was much more impressive. He sent a delicious cross into the box from far down the left flank, and Scott McTominay then completed the move with a deft shot.
Following the Europa League victory over Sociedad, Fernandes praised Garnacho but also criticized him for his poor attitude in pre-season.
Bruno Fernandes honestly admits to Man Utd teenager
“He was good, but he knows we expect a lot from him,” Fernandes said. Sport.
“Obviously, he is still very young, he is doing very well. He wasn’t at his best at the start of the season.
“On tour he didn’t have the best attitude that he should have had. And that’s why she didn’t get her chances until now. She is getting her chances because she is training better, she has a different attitude and she deserves her chances.”
Fernandes is clearly looking for his younger teammate and wants him to keep his head down so he can reach his full potential.
However, there are good reasons to suggest that Fernandes should not have said this publicly. His comment could cause a lot of tension in the dressing room and ruin all the hard work Ten Hag has put in to get the group close again.
During an appearance on talkSPORTFormer striker Darren Bent has criticized Fernandes for talking like that about the garnacho.
Expert criticizes Fernandes for criticizing Alejandro Garnacho
“I didn’t like that one bit,” Bent admitted. “When you talk to the media and you are the captain, you have to take care of the young players. He has a lot of potential around him because he is playing very well.
“You don’t need people to make a decision before he’s had a good chance. Now, if he stays out, or there’s something around him, they’re going to say ‘Look. Bruno said that he had a bad attitude.
“He has to protect the younger players. You can’t throw them under the bus since they just started.”
It’s good that Fernandes wants to keep Garnacho grounded. This should prevent him from growing too tall for his boots at a young age. But as Bent suggests, this is the kind of thing that should have been kept between players and staff.
If things now go downhill for Garnacho, Fernandes will be criticized for having a role in this.
In the meantime, one pundit believes West Ham could win the race for an overconfident striker, which would leave Man Utd out in the cold.