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Argentina boss details what Alejandro Garnacho MUST do to play after zero minutes in two games



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After a fantastic season with Manchester United, Lionel Scaloni has explained why he has not been playing Alejandro Garnacho for Argentina so far this summer.

Alejandro Garnacho has firmly established himself as one of Manchester United‘s biggest academy talents in the last decade during a season that saw Erik ten Hag‘s team fail to live up to expectations.

On a personal level, Garnacho scored 10 goals across the season and provided five assists, proving that, alongside Kobbie Mainoo and Ramsus Højlund, he could become a force to be reckoned with in the future.

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However, despite his fantastic fortunes at United, he is set to establish himself within the Argentina national set up.

Ahead of the 2024 Copa America tournament, Argentina have played two friendly fixtures, against Ecuador and Guatemala, winning both. However, Garnacho has been an unused substitute in both, which has been questioned.

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni explained to the press ahead of a friendly fixture against Guatemala that there are high expectations for Garnacho following his fantastic season at Old Trafford.

The former West Ham defender detailed that he wants to see the 19-year-old take defenders on more often in one-against-one situations in order for him to play.

“He is a boy in whom we have a lot of expectations.

“We have to carry him in the way we believe with the entire coaching staff, talking to him and insisting that there are things he has to do more often.

“He has one-against-one; he is fast, and that is what he has to do [that] more often. That’s what we try to talk to him about.”

Speaking further, Scaloni also revealed that he is conscious of Garnacho burning out early, considering the number of minutes he played at United. From November until the end of the season, he started 38 games in a row for Ten Hag.

“It’s fine, he’s training with us,” Scaloni said. “He’s a guy who, as I said the other day, not only shouldn’t burn out stages but also come in when we think he can do it in a match.

“It didn’t happen like that against Ecuador, but if tomorrow is the possibility, we will give him minutes.”

However, Scanoli also confirmed that Garnacho will be part of the squad to play in Copa America this summer.

“I can guarantee that Garnacho will make the list; he will be with us, for sure.”

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