Have you ever wondered what a hybrid of Wayne Rooney & Cristiano Ronaldo would look like in Argentine Gen Z form?
Alejandro Garnacho’s stunning overhead kick in the third minute at Goodison Park on Sunday reminded the entire world of Wayne Rooney’s 2011 goal against Manchester City and Cristiano Ronaldo’s acrobatic bicycle kick for Real Madrid against Juventus in 2018, which literally won Juve supporters over the idea of signing CR7.
Garnacho’s remarkable goal, which came off a Diogo Dalot cross, was one of those breathtaking moments where it feels like time actually freezes with the ball in the air. Everton manager Sean Dyche, called it “a goal of a lifetime,” while Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag declared it the goal of the season.
Post-match, Ten Hag praised Garnacho’s talent, saying that he could do “amazing things” for Manchester United. But the Dutchman cautioned against comparing the 19-year-old to Rooney and Ronaldo. He’s not wrong. Garnacho has a long way to go before being mentioned in the same sentence, let alone compared to legends of that ilk.
“Don’t compare, I don’t think it is right,” said Ten Hag. “They all have their own identity, but for Garnacho to go that way he has a lot to come, he has to work very hard. You have to do it on a consistent basis and so far he has not.
“But he definitely has high potential to do some amazing things, it’s not the first time we saw this. We have already often seen glimpses, but if you want to be a player like Rooney or Ronaldo you have to score 20, 25 goals in the Premier League each season. That’s not easy to get, you have to work hard, you have to go in areas where it hurts. So a lot to come. But potential, he has it.”
Ten Hag is right. Garnacho has tremendous potential, and it was a phenomenal finish. But the 19-year-old is not the same player and exists in a different era when so few players work at the level that both Rooney and Ronaldo worked at to be, and remain, elite. It is very early in Garnacho’s career and one can’t let the tabloids draft a player’s entire perception, but he’s already shown signs of the game getting to his head and he enjoys the tempting rewards off of it.
Garnacho has scored four goals in 31 United appearances. Let’s see some consistency, and then we can crown the kid as a ‘great’ player.
The 3-0 victory was Manchester United’s largest Premier League win of the season, pushing Ten Hag’s men up to sixth place in the table. But United hit the road for some testing tilts; first Galatasaray in Istanbul in the Champions League and then Newcastle United next weekend.
Marcus Rashford sealed the win for Manchester United with a second-half penalty, marking only his second goal of the season. United captain Bruno Fernandes handed Rashford the ball in a bid to boost his confidence. It worked.