Manchester United Under-18s won the FA Youth Cup with a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night and Alejandro Garnacho received a special song from the home crowd
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Manchester United fans are so taken by Alejandro Garnacho that they have started singing to young striker Cristiano Ronaldo.
Garnacho was the star of the show for United on Wednesday night, scoring twice to give the club’s Under-18 side a win 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Youth Cup Final. The United youngsters lifted the trophy for the first time since 2011 in front of a sell-out crowd of 67,000 at Old Trafford.
United captain Rhys Bennett opened the scoring after 12 minutes to set the hosts on their way before Joshua Powell equalized for Forest after a mistake by goalkeeper Radek Vitek. The stage was then set for Garnacho, who scored a controversial penalty in the 75th minute to make it 2-1 before capitalizing on a deflection to make the game safe in added time.
Garnacho hasn’t shied away from revealing that Ronaldo is his idol and the past few months have been brilliant for the 17-year-old, who has had to train with the veteran striker – and get his match point after a hat-trick against Norwich City last month. The Argentina striker entertained fans by celebrating Ronaldo’s trademark ‘Siuuuu’ after calmly converting his penalty and they responded with their own nods for the Portuguese superstar.
After the final whistle a group of supporters were filmed sing “Viva Garnacho” to the boy. The classic terrace chant emerged during Ronaldo’s first tenure at the club between 2003 and 2009 and has seen a revival this season.
It says: “Viva Ronaldo! Live Ronaldo! Run down the wing, hear United sing, viva Ronaldo!” Garnacho, who has now recorded 13 goals and six assists in 33 games this season, has another achievement to add to his growing collection.
Garnacho has been signed by Atlético Madrid in September 2020, with United fending off interest from Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. United fans are beginning to understand why the speedy young striker arrived at Old Trafford with such an exciting reputation.
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He made his debut as a substitute in the 91st minute in United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on 28 April and impressed caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick. “[Garnacho] has been training with us for the past two weeks and I know he’s one of the most promising players,” Rangnick said last month.
“[He is] still only 17 but a player who will hopefully stay grounded. If he tries to get better every day, then he’s not just sitting on the bench, he has every chance of playing for this club.”
With United’s season coming to an end and their worst Premier League campaign ever secured, there is likely to be an outcry that Garnacho will get another chance to shine in the final game of the season against Crystal Palace on May 22.
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