Manchester United hero Patrice Evra has admitted that he is concerned about his former club becoming too reliant on the talents of teenager Alejandro Garnacho. The forward has broken into Erik ten Hag’s side this season and does not look out of place.
Since Cristiano Ronaldo’s steep decline since returning to Old Trafford, United have been in search of a player to grow excited about and Garnacho has been exactly that. The 18-year-old has made an instant impact in the first team and was in flying form ahead of the World Cup break.
The academic product scored the winner against Fulham with the last kick of the game before the international tournament, registering three assists in the Carabao Cup prior to that win. Though Evra does not see the form of the winger as a reason to massively celebrate, as it indicates a lack of proven stars.
The former left-back told Betfair: “For Ten Hag, there’s been a lot of pressure and a lot of pressure away from the pitch, like with the Cristiano Ronaldo case. Ten Hag has come to a new league and I’m quite happy.
“I don’t expect any more for United, I keep saying it’s like a rollercoaster, they will win four games in a row that you don’t expect them to win, and then they will lose a game. Last game we won against Fulham and I felt we were too dependent on Garnacho, a young kid, and that’s why I know United are not ready.
“If you are at a club like United or Juve, if it’s kids that make the difference that’s when you know something is wrong because in my time you had 20 personalities and characters, then the young players would come and be a surprise, but not the saviour.
“I don’t like that. I love Garnacho but I don’t want him to be the savior, because if he is, it means something is not right.” Garnacho is set to be handed a bumper new contract extension offer at the Theater of Dreams, with his current deal expiring in 2024 and numerous top clubs linked with securing his signature – including league rivals Chelsea.
The Argentine has slotted seamlessly into Ten Hag’s front three and softened the blow of Jadon Sancho’s poor form that has led to the ex-Borussia Dortmund star spending an extended spell away from the club to recapture his form. With the January transfer window on the horizon, it remains to be seen whether new signings arrive to push Garnacho down the pecking order.