REVEALED: Man United star Alejandro Garnacho was SIGNED OUT by Erik ten Hag during pre-season tour after being late for meetings…
- Alejandro Garnacho was dropped during Manchester United’s pre-season tour
- The 18-year-old was late to meetings twice during their preparatory trip
- Erik ten Hag made it clear that he would try to instill more discipline on the flanks
- Garnacho was included in the four-game tour of Thailand, but did not appear
- He didn’t make his senior debut until October against Sheriff Tiraspol
- Bruno Fernandes referred to his pre-season problems after beating Real Sociedad
Manchester United’s rising star Alejandro Garnacho has been dropped from the club during the club’s summer tour after breaking rules laid down by manager Erik ten Hag.
Garnacho was included in United’s trip to Bangkok and Australia after a breakthrough season for the FA Youth Cup winning side, but did not play in any of the four games after being late twice for team meetings during the trip.
Ten Hag has not been afraid to get tough with his United stars since his arrival from Ajax and decided to teach Garnacho a lesson. The teenager trained with the rest of the squad, but only played in the final friendly against Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford in pre-season.
Alejandro Garnacho was kicked out of the Manchester United squad during pre-season
Erik ten Hag dropped the Argentinian teenager after showing up twice late at team meetings
United declined to comment on Saturday night, but it is believed they are now happy with Garnacho’s discipline. They have reaped the benefits of Ten Hag’s no-nonsense approach after the hugely talented teenager made his first start and scored his first goal in the past 10 days.
His disciplinary problems were mentioned after the match against Real Sociedad
Garnacho made his full debut against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League and then scored in Thursday’s win over Real Sociedad. He became United’s youngest non-English scorer in Europe at 18 years and 125 days, beating George Best’s record by 33 days.
He was able to return to play at Aston Villa on Sunday, while Antony, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial are still under evaluation after missing out on victory over Sociedad through injury and illness.
After the game in San Sebastian, team captain Bruno Fernandes referred to Garnacho’s problems in preparation: “He knows we expect a lot from him. He was not at his best at the start of the season. During the tour he didn’t have the best attitude he should have, but now he’s training better and getting his chances. He deserves his chances.’
Garnacho became United’s youngest non-English goalscorer in Europe at 18 years and 125 days
Garnacho scored the only goal as United missed first place in their Europa League group
Ten Hag also mentioned Garnacho’s disciplinary problems after his man-of-the-match performance against Sheriff a week earlier, when he appeared to deliberately talk about the youngster’s display to keep his feet on the ground.
“I think it was a good performance from him,” the United boss said. “He did what I expected of him, he deserved a chance.
“The start of the season was difficult for him. I wasn’t happy with him, but the last few weeks I’ve been happy with him – better attitude, more resilience, more determination.
The Argentine attacker joined the United Academy of Spain’s Atletico Madrid in 2020
The Dutch manager claims he has shown ‘better attitude’ as the season has progressed
‘Young children have to grow and develop their personalities. They need to know what the laws and requirements are in top football. You have to meet the high standards every day.’
Obviously there were minor concerns about Garnacho’s attitude after coming to United’s academy two years ago from Atlético Madrid; little details like showing up to practice with his shoelaces undone.
But Ten Hag made it clear from the start that he was determined to instill more discipline and that being late to team meetings was not tolerated.
Ten Hag did not shy away from disciplinary action and expelled Ronaldo from the senior team
The Portuguese icon was disciplined after leaving the field early in a 2-0 win over Tottenham
Last month he dropped Cristiano Ronaldo from the squad and made sure the Portuguese star trained on his own after he refused to come on as a substitute against Tottenham and left Old Trafford before the game was over.
Ten Hag hopes that Garnacho has put all problems behind him and that there will be no more problems with the club’s young player of the year last season.
Talks over a new contract are continuing after he scored seven goals in United’s successful Youth Cup campaign and was called up to the Argentina squad to train with Lionel Messi.