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Pundit explains why record-breaking Man United player deserved team of the week shout



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Alejandro Garnacho has featured in Garth Crooks Team of the Week following the winger’s record-breaking performance against Everton.

Garnacho, 19, was relentless against Everton this past weekend as the Argentine won two penalties, converted by Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, respectively, to secure United a 2-0 victory against the Toffees.

After a torrid time in the league recently, a hopeless performance against Fulham, and a defensively stoic but unfortunately fruitless outing in the Manchester Derby, this win comes as pressure is mounting on Erik ten Hag, as the club is linked with big managerial names to potentially replace the Dutchman.

If Ten Hag does keep his job, then he will have to be grateful to Garnacho. The teenager has become an ever-present presence in the squad, starting in the last 25 fixtures for United and being the best player on the pitch multiple times.

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Garnacho’s fearless and spellbinding performance against Everton has gained plaudits from many pundits, the latest of whom is BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks. The 66-year-old included United’s No. 17 in his Team of the Week.

Speaking about the game at Old Trafford, Crooks said: “Two very badly timed tackles cost Everton this game. Does James Tarkowski or Ben Godfrey understand the perilous situation Everton find themselves and why they can’t afford to be reckless in their own box? You would have thought they’d have learnt their lessons by now.”

The former forward went on to comment on The Red’s inconsistent form but heaped praise on Garnacho as he stood out above the rest.

“Meanwhile, Manchester United, having failed miserably against Fulham and not even laying a glove on Manchester City, continue to slalom their way through the season with glaring inconsistency but managed to beat Everton, having been gifted two totally avoidable penalties.

“The only United player that showed any real endeavour was Garnacho. The Argentine looked sharp and interested. He was the player brought down for both infringements that cost Everton the game due to his willingness to take defenders on. Still one of the most exciting elements of the game.”

United’s next fixture is against Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, and Garnacho has already tormented the Blue half of Merseyside. Hopefully, he’ll do the same with the Red.