Manchester United teenager Alejandro Garnacho has been warned by manager Erik ten Hag that his chances of making it at Old Trafford depend on his attitude.
Garnacho, 18, provided two assists off the bench in United’s 4-2 win over Villa on Thursday night in the Carabao Cup as he helped inspire a second-half comeback to set up a fourth-round tie against Burnley.
The Argentina U20 international was handed his full senior debut by Ten Hag in the Europa League against Sheriff Tiraspol at the end of last month, before scoring his first goal for the club at Real Sociedad a week later.
But Ten Hag has previously admitted that Garnacho’s behaviour was not up to standards earlier in the campaign, with reports claiming he had twice been late for pre-season training, and after the Villa game the Dutchman again emphasised the importance of a good attitude.
“It was good that he came on and showed that performance and had that impact in the game, to be able to assist, make the dribbles and run behind,” Ten Hag said.
“There are some things he has to improve, for instance when we go long to go for the second balls. He still has things to learn but quite obviously we are happy with his development and he can contribute to the team.
“It depends on his approach, his attitude. When he keeps working then yes, it is possible [for him to play more]. He wants to improve every day. He has to do the right things in his lifestyle. He has the capability.”