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Garnacho is the future, Omit Ronaldo

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Garnacho is the future, Omit Ronaldo. On Sunday, a new star was born at Craven Cottage, and the United supporter base should be concentrating on him rather than a resentful ex-player. There is no denying that he has a certain something about him. Gary Neville said in a Sky Sports commentary following Alejandro Garnacho‘s last-second goal for Manchester United against Fulham on Sunday, “Bad attitude or not, he can play.”

I recall Cristiano Ronaldo scoring here many, many years ago, but not this recently. It was a solo goal from that side that gave Manchester United the victory. The goal in question, which Ronaldo scored in 2007, was the last step in his development from a gifted wunderkind to a world-famous star. It was scored after a brilliant run down the left wing.

However, Garnacho’s similarly outstanding performance on Sunday is only his first. The 18-year-old Argentina youth international is still learning the ropes, according to United manager Erik ten Hag, and should keep his feet firmly planted. However, having Ronaldo as his role model can obstruct that process and harm his growth. On Monday morning, Garnacho should have been waking up to see his name splashed across the back pages of the newspaper, but his seasoned teammate has stolen the show.

The entire internet is now filled with excerpts from Ronaldo’s disastrous interview with Piers Morgan, which will air in its entirety later this week. The 37-year-old has made several shocking admissions, including that he doesn’t respect Ten Hag and that he feels “betrayed” by United for allegedly trying to drive him out of the club in the summer. Ronaldo will now likely face harsh punishment from the team; some rumors claim he could be hit with a seven-figure fine.

With this reaction, Ronaldo not only tarnished his legacy but also derailed Garnacho’s breakthrough. The Portuguese forward’s an overarching theme throughout his second stint at Old Trafford has been to make everything about him. More needs to be done to punish the infamous No. 7 than just a severe financial fine. Ronaldo must be sold as soon as the January transfer window is open for United to make an example of him. Although Garnacho’s prime years are firmly in the past, he still has the rest of his career to look forward to.

It’s time for United to put their new teenage wunderkind front and center and concentrate on the future. Garnacho and Ronaldo are easily compared because they both possess the same explosive turn of speed and dribbling prowess as they did in their prime. They also seem to have a similar arrogance. United vice-captain Bruno Fernandes recently questioned Garnacho’s “attitude,” but he also asserted that his game-winning performance against Fulham demonstrated he is developing swiftly.

After the game, Fernandes remarked, “I think everyone is seeing indicators that he can go all the way. Not for his goals or assists, but more for how he approaches the game. Nobody like sitting on the sidelines, but his attitude when he leaves has been outstanding. He has earned the opportunities and prizes he has received. That is the essence of football.

With only three of his eight games in 2022–23 coming as a starter, Garnacho now has two goals and three assists, making it harder for Ten Hag to defend keeping him on the bench. The Argentina Under-20 international would undoubtedly have been sad to not be selected for the Argentina senior World Cup squad, but he responded by putting on a star-making performance instead of obsessing about the rejection. He came through for United when they needed a spark, and he merits the chance to have a bigger effect in the second half of the season. His opportunity would arise with Ronaldo’s departure.

Now it’s up to Ten Hag to make sure that Garnacho does have his breakout year, allowing him to position himself as a vital figure in his long-term revolution at Old Trafford. Garnacho must maintain his composure and keep improving every aspect of his game. Ronaldo was probably the best illustration of a player who continuously worked on himself and pushed himself to achieve new heights. He is no longer a good example for Garnacho, though.

When celebrating his goal against Fulham, the teenager imitated Lionel Messi’s legendary celebration after scoring for Barcelona to complete a stunning 3-2 victory over Real Madrid in 2017. Messi stripped off his shirt and revealed his name to the away fans. Garnacho will soon have the opportunity to play alongside the Argentine legend at the international level if his current trajectory is maintained. He would be wise to strive to emulate Messi’s conduct off the field rather than Ronaldo’s.

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Salman Shaikh
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