Manchester United and Chelsea drew 1-1 at Old Trafford in an early game of date 37 of the Premier League. Marcos Alonso opened the scoring 15 minutes into the second half and 120 seconds later Cristiano Ronaldo equalized with a great goal. Nevertheless, the big news was the debut of Alejandro Garnachothe 17-year-old Spanish youth who chose to play for the Argentine National Team after Lionel Scaloni was called for the last double date of the Qualifiers.
Garnacho entered the field of play 45 minutes into the second half. He did it for the Swedish Anthony Elanga. Before stepping onto the grounds of the Theater of Dreams he crossed himself. When entering the field of play, his mother jumped out of the seat he was in to film him, while his father and brother burst into tears.
And immediately he had the welcome of the German Anthony Rudigeran experienced Chelsea player, who barely crossed him slapped him twice on the chest like Carlos Timoteo Griguol.
The kid positioned himself as a right winger, but he did not have the opportunity to touch the ball in those three minutes, although he was close to converting in one of the last attacks of the Red Devils and it was Rudiger himself, with a fantastic closing, who deprived him of having chances to define the match.
Garnacho enters through Elanga. AFP
Who is Grenache?
He was born on July 1, 2004 in Madrid and plays for Manchester United. He already played in the youth teams of Spain, but he chose to defend the National Team. “Happy to be here,” he posted when he joined training with Argentina after Scaloni’s call for the Qualifiers.
The kid, who started in the Atlético de Madrid youth academy and arrived at Old Trafford after a payment of 500,000 euros and a fight with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, has already signed his first contract. His blood relationship with Argentina is his mother, Patricia Ferreyra Fernández.
How does Garnacho play? They compare him to Cristiano Ronaldo, since he starts from the left towards the center of the field. Moreover, between humor and humor, his teammates call him “Cristiano”. A great goal that he scored for Everton in which he imitates the celebration of the Portuguese went viral on the networks.
Precisely, CR7 gave him the ball that he won after the hat-trick against Norwich City, a few weeks ago, which was the first game in which Garnacho went to the United bench.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored in triplicate and chose to give the ball to his young teammate.
The young man was moved and immediately posted a photo with the Portuguese on his Instagram account and wrote: “The best of all time, Cristiano.”
The sequence quickly went viral and people began to write to the forward congratulating him. Kun Agüero himself wrote to him: “Because you haven’t played with the best pa yet”, quoting Lionel Messi and adding an emoticon.
Franco Carboni, an Inter Milan player and another of the European jewels recruited by Scaloni, also appeared. The 18-year-old Argentine defender commented to him: “How did you look for the little picture, eh, what a nice brother, congratulations.”
Before training and concentrating with the Primera, Garnacho was part of the Sub 23 and Sub 18. He played several games in the UEFA Youth League, where he also showed his scoring contribution.
He also played in the youth team of the Spanish team and was one of the figures of the Sub 18 that became champion in the Four Nations of Bucharest that was played last October. That is why she drew attention on the peninsula when Scaloni’s call came.
“It’s a unique opportunity for me, I want to make the most of it. It’s going to be an honour, I know it’s going to be talked about, but I’m young, I’m at the beginning of my career and I’m focused on playing football, which is what that I like,” he said in an interview published by Manchester United, his club.
Chelsea, who dominated the game but lacked effectiveness, tied 1-1 on their visit to Manchester United, who saved from defeat by their star Cristiano Ronaldo, this Thursday in an advanced game of the 37th day of the Premier League.
This 66th point of the league season allows the ‘Blues’, third in the standings, to take another small step towards their goal of qualifying for the next Champions League, which the top four finishers enter in England.
Chelsea is 6 points ahead of Arsenal (4th) and, above all, with an 8-point advantage over Tottenham (5th), the first team outside that ‘Champions zone’.
Sixth with 55 points, but with just three games to play until the end of the season -instead of the five remaining for the teams that precede them in the table-, Manchester United have a very difficult time qualifying for the Champions League and it seems having to be content with the Europa League, in the best of cases.
Apparently this Thursday on the pitch at Old Trafford, United did not deserve much more, despite the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo again hid the miseries of his team.
The Portuguese star signed 8 of the last 9 goals for his team and, with 17 shouts in this Premier League, he is only surpassed by the Egyptian Mohamed Salah (22) in the table of top scorers.
After a brilliant service from Nemanja Matic, Cristiano Ronaldo made perfect control and chained with a shot that gave goalkeeper Edouard Mendy no chance, for 1-1 in the 60th minute.
One hundred twenty seconds earlier, Chelsea had opened the scoring. with a volley at the far post from Spaniard Marcos Alonso.
In addition to Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United largely owes its equalizer to Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea for his interventions.