Alejandro Garnacho: Manchester United youngster mimics Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration after scoring first goal


Emerging Manchester United star Alejandro Garnacho scored his first goal for the club in his side’s 1-0 Europa League win over Real Sociedad on Thursday.

The 18-year-old used his lightning speed to run behind the defense before firing an empty finish into the roof of the net after 17 minutes.

The teenager left in celebration before being robbed by his teammates, including Cristiano Ronaldo.

Then came a moment that particularly pleased Manchester United fans.

After appearing to question Ronaldo, the youngster turned to his supporters and struck the pose the 37-year-old has recently used as his celebration: clasping his hands over his chest and looking up at the sky. Provide instant comparisons.

“18 years and 125 days dreaming of this moment. Thank you Idol, @Cristiano,” wrote Garnacho after the match.

The youngster, who joined United’s youth academy in 2020, received a standing ovation from United fans as he was substituted in the second half.

Many have called for Garnaxo to play more this year after impressing in pre-season, but United’s star midfielder Bruno Fernandes said the youngster still needs to improve in some areas.

“He was good, but he knows we expect a lot from him,” Fernandes told BT Sport after the win.

“In [pre-season] on tour, he didn’t have the best attitude. That’s why he didn’t have a chance. Now he is getting opportunities because he is training better, he has a different attitude and he deserves it.”

Although Garnacho’s goal gave his side the win, it was ultimately a disappointing night for the Red Devils as they had to win by two goals to overtake Real Sociedad at the top of the group.

It means United, who finished second, will face tougher opposition in a Europa League play-off game for a place in the last eight. The draw will take place in Nyon on Friday 24 November.

Garnacho, however, was the bright spark in a decent performance for Erik ten Hag’s men, who will be looking to take the English Premier League looking victorious.

“I’m really happy and I hope it stays that way,” Ten Hag said of Garnacho.

United play Aston Villa in their next league game before facing the same side again in midweek’s League Cup tie.