Alejandro Garnacho – a star in the making?
“I don’t know if this is real or if it’s a dream.
Alejandro Garnacho (18 years old) was visibly shocked after his Manchester United debut against Sheriff Tiraspol.
The majority of Old Trafford fans stood up to applaud the teenager when he was replaced late in the game’s 3-0 win. Seven days later, United fans who traveled to see their side face Real Sociedad won’t be able to contain their excitement.
United was unable to win the Europa League group in San Sebastian because Garnacho’s match winning goal in San Sebastian wasn’t enough, but the young Argentine put on a strong performance against better opposition.
United’s final third was highlighted by his expert control and flawless finish in the 17th. His confidence in possession, willingness and ability to drive at opponents, and unpredictable skills gave United an entirely new dimension.
Ten Hag spoke of Garnacho as “I am really happy” and said that he hopes he can keep it up. Garnacho is currently the club’s youngest non English goal scorer in European competition.
Although he may be a young talent, the early signs indicate that he is capable of becoming a world-class winger. This outcome is possible with Ten Hag’s guidance.
Vieira impresses but Tomiyasu adds to injury woes
Takehiro Tomiyasu pulled the shirt over his head in frustration. The Japanese fullback, Takehiro Tomiyasu, was a late substitute against Arsenal in a tetchy match against Zurich. However, he would not last long on pitch. Cedric Soares replaced him due to a muscle strain.
Arsenal is currently at the top of the Premier League pile, while they hold onto the Europa League top spot. However, his squad is being stretched. The Spaniard had a starting XI that you could read from memory for much of the season. However, seven changes were made ahead of Sunday’s crucial London derby, and he’s now left with Chelsea’s walking wounded.
Bukayo Saka’s return for a second half cameo was just what was needed after Arsenal struggled to bring Zurich down. Tierney’s goal was beautiful and worthy of winning any match. Arteta will be most delighted that Arteta avoided two more games in a playoff.
Fabio Vieira performed admirably in the opening period. He also had three key passes and could have contributed to Arsenal’s lead. Arsenal’s xG was 0.35, which is a record for Arsenal. He had five touches in Zurich’s box and completed three important passes.
He won the ball three times defensively, with the last one coming in the third. The Portuguese participated in eight attempts by the Gunners tonight (4 shots, 4 opportunities created). Arteta can take comfort in knowing that Arteta has the ability to compete on multiple fronts when the season resumes after this World Cup.
Special night for West Ham’s academy
Bucharest was empty on Thursday night. Neither West Ham nor FCSB had anything to play for.
The Hammers were guaranteed first while the hosts couldn’t do better than last.
David Moyes’ inclusions of Divin Mubama (a teenage debutant) and Oliver Scarles (a teenager debutant) added some life to the game.
The expression of pure joy on Mubama, 18, when his deflected header hit into the back of the net showed how important it was to him for his boyhood club. Even if UEFA later removed it, it awarded it as an “own-goal”.
The striking striker, who was eight years old when he joined the club as a left-back, wasn’t the only one to impress.
Scarles, 16 years old, also impressed with his left-wing back performance and nearly set up Mubama to score a goal in east London.
He was driven to help the team and had a great left foot. Scarles was a constant threat to the left wing-back position and was only a short distance from scoring.
West Ham’s academy graduates were involved in the match against FCSB, thanks to the five replacements. The Hammers are looking bright in the future.
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