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Alejandro Garnacho comments speak volumes as Ronaldo exits Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo's Man Utd contract terminated

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Manchester United could have unearthed a new superstar in Alejandro Garnacho. The 18-year-old has been named the Red Devils’ player of the month for November after bagging goals against Real Sociedad and Fulham. And his latest comments suggest he could soon take over the mantle left behind by Cristiano Ronaldo, who ended his time at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Garnacho had only ever made two first-team appearances for United ahead of this season after coming off the bench during Premier League clashes with Chelsea and Crystal Palace at the end of the last campaign.

The teenage sensation was restricted to just 21 minutes of action before the latter part of October as United enjoyed a fine run of form under new boss Erik ten Hag. But the Argentinian impressed during starts against Sheriff and Real Sociedad in the Europa League, before being handed a third consecutive start against Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Garnacho proved to be the matchwinner against Sociedad as he scored the only goal of the game courtesy of a thumping effort after 17 minutes. And he backed that up with two assists against Villa in the Carabao Cup and a goal against Fulham in the Premier League earlier this month.

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Garnacho, who was left out of Argentina’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar, has plenty of time to become a superstar player. And during an interview with the United website, the ace demonstrated maturity beyond his years by revealing the extensive homework he does on opponents before games. “At home I always study the [opposition] full-backs and during the game itself, during the time I’m sitting on the bench,” the youngster explained. “So I can then go on and know where and how I need to be looking to go past them.”

It is that kind of commitment that helped Ronaldo grow into arguably the world’s best player. The 13-time Premier League champions will now be without Ronaldo when club football returns following the World Cup. And the veteran’s exit could well hand Garnacho the opportunity he is looking for as the club look for someone to fill the veteran star’s boots.

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Garnacho moved to Old Trafford from the Atletico Madrid academy in October 2020 and finished as the top scorer in the FA Youth Cup last season as United lifted the trophy. And the player has already shown he can transition to first-team football smoothly.

So Ten Hag could soon decide to thrust the player into his starting line-up on a regular basis as United look to rediscover the form that made them one of the best teams in Europe under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

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