Alejandro Garnacho steals the show and Manchester United win the FA Youth Cup

Alejandro Garnacho has stole the show for Manchester United‘s Under-18s yet again as he sealed the win with two second-half goals to crown United their 11th FA Youth Cup against Nottingham Forrest. The tricky winger scored his brace after goals from Rhys Bennett and Josh Powell cancelled each other out in the opening period.

It was a relatively quiet game for the 18-year-old who recently made his first-team debut for the club against Chelsea. Not much was coming off for him or Charlie McNeill, who was substituted for Joe Hugill shortly before Garnacho found his way through the Forest defence.

His first came through the penalty spot, but it was his sharpness out of possession that earned him the chance from 12-yards.

The winger had come inside out of possession and darted towards the ball when Ben Hammond took a loose touch on the edge of his box. Garnacho was in there like a rash, and he nipped the ball shortly before being chopped by the centre-back inside the area, who was looking to resolve his mistake.

On a second viewing of the goal, the incident looked to be just outside of the area, however, the Youth Cup does not have VAR, and so Garnacho had the task to slot the ball to take the lead and he did so with conviction and confidence, sliding the ball to the keepers left as he dived right.

Forest continued to push into the last minutes, and with eight minutes added they looked to cause The Reds some more problems. However, United’s no.11 on the evening put their efforts to bed shortly after the board came up.

Another mistake at the back from Hammond, this time a miss-kicked clearance, allowed Garnacho to slip in on the left flank, but he still had work to do.

Nevertheless, once the ball was at his feet, everybody was on theirs waiting to see what he could produce.

After entering the box; a twist inside, a turn back on the outside and a shot at goal that was helped with a deflection was all she wrote. Garnacho ran off in style, ripping his shirt off in the process.

It was a sublime last 30 minutes for the winger, who wrote his name in history twice in a day. A Jimmy Murphy trophy winner and a FA Youth Cup winner.

Erik ten Hag would’ve been watching with glee, a manager who relishes the chance of developing talented youth. He’s got one hell of a talent in Alejandro Garnacho.

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