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Viva Garnacho! The inside story of the Man Utd teenager's stunning rise

From George Best to Ryan Giggs through to the early days of Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United have had a love affair with wingers. Now, Alejandro Garnacho has rekindled that romance during a stunning first season in the Red Devil's first team.

Garnacho was the leading light of United's FA Youth Cup-winning side in 2022 and was already knocking on the door of the first team last year. He has smashed through it this season, scoring four goals and providing six assists for Erik ten Hag’s side in 10 starts and 19 appearances as a substitute.

Garnacho's rise has been so impressive that, on Tuesday, he was named in the inaugural NXGN Nine as one of the top nine footballers in the world born in 2004 or after.

A bad ankle injury suffered against Southampton has cruelly interrupted his season and prevented him from making his Argentina debut. But Ten Hag expects him back at the business end of the campaign, when United will be trying to add the FA Cup and Europa League to their earlier Carabao Cup triumph, in addition to sealing their return to the Champions League.

GOAL charts the progress of United's thrilling winger from when he first caught the club's attention aged 16, to his rise to a Premier League match-winner...

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