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Man United starlet trains with national team for the first time, he’s in ‘very good’ form

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Alvaro Fernandez trained with the Spanish senior squad for the first ever time this week with the Manchester United loanee continuing to impress away from the Premier League giants.

And do not rule out a maiden La Roja cap coming his way either.

Alvaro Fernandez, on loan at Granada from Manchester United, is part of the Spain U21 side for the November international break.

But with fellow left-back Jose Luis Gaya struggling for fitness in the senior set-up, Spain boss Luis de la Fuente handed Fernandez the chance to stake his claim alongside the likes of Rodri, Gavi and Alvaro Morata, a promotion from the Under 21s to the first-team on the cards if Gaya is ruled out of this month’s European Championship qualifiers against Cyprus and Georgia (Granada Hoy).

Manchester United Training Session

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Manchester United’s Alvarto Fernandez impressing

Fernandez was named Preston North End’s Young Player of the Year during a spell at Deepdale, and the 20-year-old has set about maintaining his progress at Granada. The one-time Real Madrid prospect has made eight La Liga appearances already, one particularly eye-catching display against Barcelona earning him plenty of praise in the Spanish press.

“Very active. (Fernandez) helped in every area (of the pitch),” was AS’s verdict after Fernandez produced a typically all-action display in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Xavi’s reigning champions.

“He gives the impression that he is more usable as a traditional left-back because he is very good. He wore himself out all over the field doing a lot of work. Sometimes too much!”


Fernandez in Spain contention

That relentless energy and that commendable work-ethic will undoubtedly appeal to the man who could yet hold the cards to his Manchester United.

Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag, meanwhile, could certainly have done with Fernandez during the injury-enforced absences of Luke Shaw, Sergio Reguilon and Tyrell Malacia.

Diogo Dalot, Sofyan Amrabat and Victor Lindelof have all been forced to fill in out of position at left-back recently. 

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