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Man United academy director explains how he convinced ‘incredible’ teenager to join club

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Nick Cox has explained how he managed to convince teenager Alejandro Garnacho to join Manchester United from Atletico Madrid.

Manchester United pulled off the signing of Argentine winger Alejandro Garnacho from Atletico Madrid in 2020.

SInce then, the winger has gone from strength to strength and has been one of the club’s most important players this season and, establishing himself as a key starter for Erik ten Hag.

The winger has now taken the ‘Viva Ronaldo’ chant from Cristiano Ronaldo, his footballing icon, and is seemingly having a breakthrough season to that of the Portuguese icon and is beginning to become more and more consistent for the Red Devils.

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Cox on convincing Garnacho

Due to the struggles of the pandemic in 2020, Nick Cox had to attempt to pull off the signing of the winger on Zoom and he has explained how he managed to convince the Argentine.

“I had to do that (call) from my spare bedroom via video call, using a translator,” Cox said when speaking to The Sun.

“My boys at the time would have been 14 and 10 and I remember vividly that they were arguing with each other while I was trying to sign Alejandro.


“I still tell my boys now, had that argument rumbled on much longer then we probably wouldn’t have Alejandro Garnacho at Manchester United!”

Garnacho has netted five goals for the Red Devils in the Premier League this season and the 19-year-old will surely target double digits in the league before the season is complete.

The winger made a real name for himself during the under-18s run to the FA Youth Cup final where they beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 and now fans sing his name week in, week out.

“There is just something about the fact that he’s a wide player at Manchester United that makes it that little bit more special,” Cox said.

Garnacho’s future

Despite being international teammates with Lionel Messi, Garnacho has claimed Ronaldo is the ‘GOAT’ and the similarities between the pair are obvious.

The young winger has an explosive amount of pace and is beginning to become more and more consistent with his end product for United this campaign.

Garnacho is just 19 years of age and there is plenty of time for the Argentine to develop and become the most important attacker for the Red Devils.

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