Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has rejected Argentine prodigy Alejandro Garnacho’s request to play for the U20 World Cup which will be staged by his country from May 20 and continue till June 11.
Apparently, Garnacho is recuperating from an ankle injury which he suffered last month, which ruled him out of senior games for Argentina against Panama and Curacao, which was their first game after they were crowned champions. But, according to some reports he will not be allowed to participate in the junior World Cup, as Erik ten Hag will not risk one of his best prodigies on the field.
Refused request to represent the nation
Garnacho is considered a promising star, who would play for the national team in the future. He would well follow in the footsteps of Argentine superstar, Lionel Messi, as the legend might make way for him in the coming years. Garnacho has been enjoying an impressive stint with the “Red Devils”, acting as a super substitute, winning many games for ten Hag’s side.
According to Argentine journalist Gaston Edul, the talented winger did “everything he could” to convince the United boss, but was turned down, repeatedly. According to some others like Doble Amarilla, Garnacho told ten Hag, “I need to write my own story with the Argentina shirt. I ask you to please let me go.”
In a tweet translated from Spanish, Edul stated, “Manchester United does not want to give up Alejandro Garnacho for the World Cup and they have already communicated it. It is difficult for them to leave. AFA and [U20 boss Javier] Mascherano are going to do everything possible to keep him there but it is complicated.”
Dilemma for United
United have been demolished by Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League and has been knocked out of the tournament. They are standing on the third position in the Premier League and has saw off a stalemate against Spurs this weekend. Only silver lining is their thrashing of Brighton in the spot-kicks as they emerged victorious in the FA Cup semifinal, to face in an ultimate showdown against local rivals City.
If Anthony Martial’s fitness issue remains a concern for United, then they will only be left with the services of Weghorst, Sancho and Rashford to cover up two positions, in the business end of the season, which also include facing City at Wembley. Barring Garnacho’s injuries, he would be available to play in the remaining fixtures of this season, but might miss out to represent the national team on a big stage.