Manchester United have completed their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia and are returning to Manchester. And it was a very successful venture as Erik ten Hag learned more about his players as they quickly progressed in understanding how the new boss wanted them to play.
As has been the norm under all United managers, plenty of youngsters have been involved in all four matches. The only surprise was that last season’s star – Alejandro Garnacho – hasn’t had a minute of action so far.
He had even returned to Carrington early on after his international exploits at the Toulon Tournament in a bid to catch the eye of the former Ajax manager.
Erik ten Hag is really convinced by the talent of Alejandro Garnacho. A new contract offer has been approved by Ten Hag [@FabrizioRomano] #MUFC
— academyarena Utd (@academyarenaUTD) July 23, 2022
Ten Hag has given minutes to Charlie Savage, Zidane Iqbal and even Tahith Chong who is most likely to be sent on loan or sold permanently.
The Dutchman had made it clear that he wanted to build a competitive squad and as he is focusing on that, it won’t be possible to give chances to every youngster in the group.
“We have experienced players, but we also wanted to give young talents a chance. I can’t give all the young players the chances they deserve because we have to build a team.
However, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that the Argentine has impressed the manager enough to warrant a new contract offer from the club.
Garnacho’s role next season
On his Youtube channel, Romano revealed, “Ten Hag is really convinced of the skills of this boy (Garnacho). The club’s idea is to offer him a new contract. It is also approved by the manager. Contract discussions will be ongoing with Garnacho.
“Let’s see if Man United decide to keep him or send him on loan during the window.”
The 18-year-old has been tipped for big things by caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick, who offered him his first-team debut against Chelsea. He fired United to FA Youth Cup success last season.
At the moment, wide players seem to work best and it looks like the Argentina U-20 international will have to bide his time to shine.
With Ten Hag favoring other areas of the pitch, it might appear the Old Trafford club have other plans for the academy starlet. A loan move could be on the cards or he could get his chances in the Europa League group stages while playing regularly for the U-23 side.
The Red Devils have two friendlies in a row to come and Ten Hag’s plan will be to lock down his ideal first XI while determining his reserves for the season. And it’s likely that Garnacho will finally be able to see some action in either game.
Despite this small setback, the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year looks set to be the next big star on United’s production line and the Dutch boss could do the best thing for his development given his age.