Erik ten Hag gives injury update on Alejandro Garnacho after Man Utd 0-0 Southampton

The Manchester United manager is hopeful the teenager hasn’t sustained a serious injury.

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Erik ten Hag has given an encouraging update on the fitness of Alejandro Garnacho, after the Manchester United attacker was seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches on Sunday, and wearing a protective boot.

The attacker was on the receiving end of a robust challenge from Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters, in the second half of Sunday’s 0-0 draw. The defender appeared to catch Garnacho’s ankle with a scissor-like tackle that left the no.49 writhing in pain on the pitch.

The winger managed to pick himself up and play on, despite seemingly in immense pain just a few minutes before. However, Garnacho was replaced in the 90th minute by Fred, and Ten Hag revealed after the game that he didn’t want to take a risk on the player’s fitness, especially with the Red Devils already down to 10 men.

“He [Garnacho] was limping a little bit after a bad tackle,” said the United manager. “In the end, they brought on a tall striker and I didn’t want to go for a risk.

“We were already down to 10, and then one player who is already at 90 percent. That’s why I called him off but I don’t think it was too bad.”

Ten Hag will hope the issue isn’t a long-term injury, although he does have plenty of options in the wide areas if Garnacho is out for a period of time. Antony, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Facundo Pellistri and Anthony Elanga are his main choice in the wide areas, although Bruno Fernandes has played on the right a few times this season.

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