Erik ten Hag warns Alejandro Garnacho about furious reaction

‘He’s quite emotional’: Erik ten Hag insists Alejandro Garnacho’s furious reaction to being substituted is a ‘good thing’, but warns the Man United youngster he MUST contribute more goals and assists

  • Erik ten Hag has cooled talk regarding the behaviour of Alejandro Garnacho
  • The Argentinian youngster has appeared unhappy when being subbed off
  • Man United boss Ten Hag has warned the player to ‘improve’ to stay on the pitch

Erik ten Hag says he understands Alejandro Garnacho’s frustration at being substituted, but has told Manchester United’s rising star that he needs to score or create goals to justify a place in the team.

Garnacho was a picture of misery in the dugout last weekend after coming on as a 59th minute substitute only to be taken off 28 minutes later as part of a reshuffle when Casemiro was sent off.

The young Argentina international started against Leeds in midweek after Antony was ruled out though injury, and looked less than impressed when he was substituted again in the 59th minute after missing several chances.

United fought back to draw 2-2 but Garnacho posted a message on social media under a photo of himself punching the turf in frustration. It read: ‘When you don’t understand what is happening, remember that God is in control. I trust the plan you have for me.’

Ten Hag sympathised with the teenager but reminded him that he had the opportunities to score against Leeds and stay on the pitch before Marcus Rashford and substitute Jadon Sancho led United’s fightback.

Manchester United prodigy Alejandro Garnacho has starred for the club so far this season

But Garnacho (red) has cut a frustrated figure at times when on the bench for United

Garnacho was evidently upset when he was hooked off against Leeds on Wednesday evening

‘I don’t think he doesn’t understand the decision,’ said the United boss. ‘He’s quite emotional, that is his strength he brings to his game. 

‘He wants to win, he wants to play football, he doesn’t want to miss any minute, and I think that is a good thing. He’s totally convinced about himself, that is a good thing.

‘He wants to contribute to the end. But he accepts decisions and the team is always above everything, and I think he knows that. When he is coming off, that emotion, that frustration is not against that, that he’s not accepting it.

‘I think he is doing well. He has an impact on our game and I think he is a threat. He had good actions (against Leeds), he was lively, created chances, but had to score. Finally, it’s about that. You have an effect. 

‘As a striker, you have to at least be on the scoring list or the assist list.

‘And, of course, we expect him also to do the other stuff, but the base stuff is also important. If you can’t do the others extra, then you have to do that so that is your base function.

‘But a Man United player, we expect you to have an impact to influence the score, to influence the result, to positively influence the game by scoring goals and having an assist.

‘I think all the players have to be brave, to try if it’s in the interests of the team. That is what he is doing quite well because he is taking players on and he is outplaying them. He is creating chances and he should have scored.’

Garnacho (red) saw this effort cleared off the line against Leeds at Old Trafford

Man United boss Erik ten Hag has labelled the star as ’emotional’ but praised that as being one of his most crucial traits

The Argentinian youngster (left) has failed to hide his frustration when brought off the pitch

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