Manchester United’s 19-year-old striker Alejandro Garnacho earned plenty of praise for his latest goal, but not everyone was happy with the way he celebrated it
Alejandro Garnacho scored one of Manchester United’s greatest goals against Everton, but according to some, his celebration didn’t do his goal justice.
The young Argentina international inflicted more pain on the Toffees when he produced a brilliant bicycle kick with three minutes left to help Manchester United win 3-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday. Diogo Dalot’s cross forced Ganacci back but that was no problem for the teenager who scored a goal that had everyone talking.
Amid all the strong praise, however, not everyone was happy with the way Garnacho celebrated his sensational effort. The former Atletico Madrid ace rose from the floor, ran towards the corner flag and performed a spinning jump, landing with his legs slightly apart – a move most often associated with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Some may see this as Garnaggio simply paying homage to his idol, but others, such as former Juventus, Barcelona and Bayern Munich ace Arturo Vidal, see it as a cheap imitation. The Chilean believes Manchester United’s talented boy should do more to be himself rather than follow in Ronaldo’s footsteps.
Vidal said on Twitch: “The only thing that’s not good or I don’t understand is why he celebrated like Cristiano. He has to make himself famous.
“He’s already a great player. He’s his idol and that’s fine, respect that, but he has to make himself known. How do you celebrate a goal and remember it? I don’t know, celebrate again. One way. But it was a great goal, it was a great goal.”
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Comparisons to Garnacho and Ronaldo are also clearly troubling Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag. He echoed Vidal’s sentiments during his post-match media duties on Sunday afternoon.
“Don’t compare, I think it’s wrong,” Ten Hag told reporters. “They all have their own identity, but for Garnacho he has a lot to eat and he has to work very hard.
“You have to do that consistently and so far he hasn’t. But he definitely has a lot of potential to do some amazing things and this isn’t the first time we’ve seen that.
“We’ve seen it so often but if you want to be a player like Rooney or Ronaldo you have to score 20, 25 goals a season in the Premier League. It’s not easy to get and you have to work hard. , you have to go to those places that hurt.”
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