Thursday, May 26

Garnacho: Born in Madrid and stolen by Argentina, now shining at Manchester United

As many as 67,492 fans attended the FA Youth Cup final between the under-18s teams of Manchester United and Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils won 3-1 on home soil to lift the trophy, with Alejandro Garnacho netting a brace to lead him side to their 11th FA Youth Cup title.

Born in Madrid, Garnacho, who scored five goals throughout the tournament, was chosen as Manchester United‘s Young Player of the Year. This award was previously handed to club legends, such as Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville and Marcus Rashford, among others.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United captain Harry Maguire also attended the historic match, which attracted the biggest crowd in the competition’s history.

From Atletico Madrid to Manchester United

Garnacho, who has recently been called up by Argentina, decided to depart Atletico Madrid in 2020 to join Manchester United‘s academy, amidst interest from Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.

On April 28, the 17-year-old made his debut with the first team, playing a few minutes against Chelsea in the Premier League.

Why does Garnacho play for Argentina instead of Spain?

Garnacho was born in Madrid on July 1, 2004, but he is the son of an Argentine mother. Having a dual nationality, the Manchester United prodigy had the choice to opt for either the Spanish national team or Argentina.

He was international with Spain‘s youth sides up until the moment he was called up by Lionel Scaloni to represent Argentina. Garnacho celebrated his triumph in the FA Youth Cup with the Argentine flag.

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