Bruno Fernandes hails ‘special’ Manchester United teenagers Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo
Posted by  badge Boss on Nov 28, 2023 - 12:25PM
Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho in training (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

skipper says the club have two ‘special’ academy products in and .

Garnacho scored one of the finest goals in United’s history with his sensational overhead kick against Everton on Sunday.

The Argentine joined United from Atletico Madrid at the age of 16, and made his breakthrough to the first team last season.

Mainoo made his Premier League full debut against Everton, and earned widespread praise for his mature performance in midfield.

Garnacho won the Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year in 2022, while Mainoo won the same award 12 months later.

And Fernandes says the pair have shown how ‘special’ they are with their performances in the first team.

Garnacho’s stunning goal(Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Mainoo made his full Premier League debut against Everton (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

‘I talk always about Kobbie,’ Fernandes said.

‘I think he’s a special player.

‘Obviously, people will not talk as much as they will about Garnacho because Garnacho scores goals, does assists and everything. But what he puts on the game, what he gives to the team, it’s known to anyone (in the squad).

‘I think he has great players in front of him to learn (from) because he plays with one of the best in the world like Casemiro. Also Sofyan (Amrabat) who plays in that position that is really good and he’s getting everything from them.

‘He wants to learn, is eager to learn and I think that’s probably the best capability he has because he wants to learn every time. He’s eager to listen to everyone to get better and better.’

Garnacho celebrated in the fashion of his idol Cristiano Ronaldo with his goal at Goodison Park.

One of Ronaldo’s most iconic goals was the overhead kick he scored against Juventus in the Champions League in 2018, and Garnacho’s goal had similarities to that effort.

Fernandes joked that Garnacho had been watching ‘too many’ videos of his idol.

‘It’s amazing – something out of this world, I think,’ Fernandes told PA.

‘Probably he’s watching too much Cristiano clips! We all know that he’s a big fan. Still a long way for him to be like Cristiano but he’s getting his steps.

‘He wants to be something special in the world of football and I think he has the capability to do that, but he has to do more than that goal!’


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