Erik ten Hag has questioned whether or not Alejandro Garnacho is able to be a part of Argentina’s squad on the World Cup regardless of an exhilarating cameo efficiency from the Manchester United teenager in opposition to Aston Villa on Thursday night time.
Garnacho got here off the bench at Old Trafford to arrange two objectives as United twice got here from a objective all the way down to ultimately win 4-2 and guide their place within the fourth spherical of the Carabao Cup.
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Ten Hag was impressed with the 18-year-old’s efficiency however hinted that it may be too soon for him to be a part of Argentina’s squad in Qatar.
Garnacho has been named in a preliminary squad that might want to be whittled all the way down to 26 gamers earlier than FIFA’s deadline on Sunday.
“It is a big step to go to a World Cup where all the best players go together,” mentioned Ten Hag.
“That is a big step and I don’t know if that is the right step for him. I think he has to keep clean, stay calm and work hard and develop, and improve game to game.
“It’s tough to say, I do not know the skills of all of the Argentina gamers. I do know a variety of gamers from Argentina, however for 26, what is offered for them.”
Garnacho, signed from Atletico Madrid in 2020, has impressed since being handed his full debut in the 3-0 win over FC Sheriff last month.
He scored his first senior goal against Real Socieded last week and Ten Hag says he has capabilities to become a regular at Old Trafford as long as he keeps his focus on football.
“When he retains working, retains this angle, then something is feasible,” said the United manager.
“If he retains his angle and desires to enhance on daily basis, when he’s doing the precise issues in his life-style, it’s attainable.
“You can see he has capabilities and can contribute to attacking football. Also he has something, he can break open a compact defending line. I think all teams that want to attack, that want to play in opponents’ half, they need players like that.
“He can out-play them and likewise within the ultimate choices he can do the precise issues. Once once more, it is determined by his angle.”