EPL: He had a big impact – Ten Hag singles out Man Utd player after Fulham win
Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, has singled out Alejandro Garnacho for praise after a 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday.
Garnacho came off the bench to score a stoppage time winner for the Red Devils at Craven Cottage.
Dan James had cancelled out Christian Eriksen’s opener and the game was looking to be a draw until the 18-year-old struck.
“It’s a massive win and Alejandro Garnacho had a big impact. He finalised and then the spotlight is always on that and that is justified because it was a great finish.
“It’s what we expect from subs coming on but you have to do it and I’m really happy with his progress. We have an extra player in the squad.
“I’m happy for the academy that they have brought out a player – and the coaches, who have done good work.
“So, great, but also, I want to emphasise the way we scored that goal, all the way from the back to the front, showed composure. I think it was a massive, brilliant assist from Christian Eriksen.
“It would be weird if I said I knew [what would happen] before [sending Garnacho on]. It’s a little bit the feeling that you have. You need an eye for it.
“Sometimes I’m wrong as well, but in this case I saw his improvement in the last months and you could see his potential.
“We knew it was the right point to bring him in, but you can’t know that he will have such an impact before.
“This shows what real talents can do. But there is still, for him, a long way to go. He has to keep his feet on the ground.
“He has to do much more investment because he will be recognisable for everyone, so it’s much more important to confirm it. Big players know that. Young players don’t.
“Now, a four-week break is already a danger for him, because he now has momentum. Let’s see how he comes back. We have to manage that with him but when his energy is good, I’m certain he will have an impact,” Ten Hag said.