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Manchester United starlet ‘already an inspiration’ to next generation, says academy head



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Manchester United’s Head of Academy, Nick Cox, has spoken fondly of Alejandro Garnacho and his impact on the next generation of youngsters.

Garnacho is currently enjoying scintillating goal-scoring form on the right wing and has set his sights on a double-figure tally for this season. The teenager has become almost undroppable for Erik ten Hag and Nick Cox is revelling in the Argentine’s success.

The 19-year-old has quickly become a fan favourite at Old Trafford and rarely leaves those in the stands un-entertained. After bagging a brace against West Ham on Sunday, the winger showed what United should expect on a regular basis from him.

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An unapologetic Cristiano Ronaldo fan, much to the dismay of his compatriots, Garnacho shows glimpses similar to that of the United legend in his early days at the club, which has been noticed by the fanbase.

Adapting the chant initially meant for Ronaldo, ‘Viva Garnacho’ can be heard regularly at the Theatre of Dreams, which is something that means a lot to Cox, who played an imperative role in making Garna a Red Devil.

“I have to say, on the occasions that I take my seat in The Stretford End and the fans are singing his song, it can be quite overwhelming,” Cox told The Sun.

Seeming to follow in his idol’s footsteps, Garnacho is now an inspiration to the young talent of the next generation in the current Academy set-up, as many try to imitate his dazzling antics on the pitch in training.

None more so was this true following the Argentine’s sensational overhead kick against Everton, which many have questioned could be seen as Manchester United’s greatest goal ever.

“For our really young players, to see a young boy score a goal like the one he did at Everton, that can only be an inspiration for them.

“There were bicycle kicks in our indoor area left, right and centre the following week,” Cox added.

To already be branded as a role model to those next in line at the age of 19 shows just how good Alejandro Garnacho is. If he continues on the trajectory to stardom that he is currently on, then there’s no one better to watch and learn from.