Alejandro Garnacho made a noteworthy impact on the right wing for Manchester United against Aston Villa, prompting Erik ten Hag to shed light on the significance of this positional change.
In a surprising move on boxing day, Garnacho was deployed on the right side of Manchester United’s attack, showcasing his versatility and skill set in an unfamiliar position.
Garnacho’s ability to confidently beat his man and deliver precise crosses into the box proved instrumental, and his lethal presence inside the box added a new dimension to the team.
The tactical adjustment also revitalized Marcus Rashford, who displayed glimpses of his former self, posing a constant threat and contributing to Garnacho’s success.
Rasmus Hojlund, benefiting from the altered frontline dynamics, secured his first Premier League goal.
Erik ten Hag, in an interview with Sky Sports, expressed his enthusiasm for Garnacho’s impact on the right side against Villa.
“With Garnacho on the right, you get a right-footer, a different type of player who can go inside but also go outside.
We want those dynamics with swapping positions, combinations, getting in behind, bringing it out of the triangles & from there, serving our strikers.”
While the positive outcomes of this tactical shift are evident, the one individual likely to face disappointment is Antony.
The Brazilian player has struggled to find form at Manchester United, facing criticism for his one-footedness and perceived lack of footballing intelligence.
Ten Hag’s commendation of Garnacho’s attributes in the right-wing role suggests a continued preference for the Argentine, posing challenges for Antony’s prospects in the lineup.