MANCHESTER, England – Manchester United manager Erik ten Haag revealed that Alejandro Garnacho was dropped after the first two games of the season because his performances “were not good enough.”
Garnacho started against Wolves and Tottenham in August but was out for five matches before returning to the team in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
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It was the 19-year-old’s first goal of the season and Ten Hague called on the forward to continue to improve.
“You saw that at the beginning of the season we played him, his contribution was not good enough,” Ten Haag said.
“You always see that he is a threat in the game, even when he is not playing that well. He has to learn when he does his job in defense. He will always have his moments and he will always be decisive because he has great qualities. .
“I want to see today, he’s getting into the box in the right place to finish.
“I think it’s normal for a player of his age that there’s a lot of room for improvement. Everyone likes him, the fans like him, the team likes him, I like him, but we also have to demand from him and push him. Because he can perform at a very high level but he has to show it every day.”
As well as Garnacho, Ten Hague also started Mason Mount, Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire as United booked their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
No place again Jadon SanchoWho has been excluded from first-team training following his public spat with Ten Hag after being left out of the squad for United’s match against Arsenal at the start of September.
Sofian Amrabat made his full debut after coming on as a late substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Burnley and impressed despite starting at left-back in the absence of Sergio Reguilon.
“Sofian is a player, and that’s one of the reasons we signed him, where the team needs him, he will play and he can play in more positions,” said ten Haag.
“Every player has his best position but he gives a certain dynamic to the game. We saw today but for him and many players, we have only just begun.
“That process was hampered a bit by our many injuries because when you play with the same team for a long time you get routine, the players learn each other and it’s more automatic.
“You look at Mason, Ambarat, you look at others, they can contribute to our game and they will.”