Javier Mascherano believes Erik ten Hag has future superstar at Man Utd

Juan Sebastian Veron has revealed what Barcelona hero Javier Mascherano told him about Manchester United winger Alejandro Garnacho.

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Mascherano, who is considered one of the best defensive midfielders of his generation, manages Garnacho for Argentina’s U20 side.

Having worked with Garnacho closely over the past 18 months, Mascherano believes the 18-year-old is a future superstar and the ‘best young talent in Argentina’, according to Veron.

Garnacho may only have made 36 appearances for Manchester United, but he is rated highly by coaches at Old Trafford and the club’s fans.

‘I spoke to Javier Mascherano and he fully expects Garnacho to become a star,’ former Red Devils midfielder Veron told Gambling Zone.

‘Playing for Manchester United at that age is not easy, but I think he has to have patience.

‘He needs to work really hard, because he has the chance to become a regular player for a really big club.

‘I really trust Mascherano’s words, so for him to say he is the best young talent in Argentina is a really big compliment.

‘It just shows his undoubted quality and he is someone who I am sure has a big future.’

During the 2022-23 campaign there were calls for Garnacho to feature more prominently for Manchester United, who finished third in the Premier League, won the League Cup and reached the FA Cup final.

Garnacho came on as a second-half substitute in the FA Cup final against Manchester City and impressed, though he was unable to help United find a way back into the match.

Following the 2-1 defeat, he said: ‘I am broken. People who know me know how obsessed I am with winning, and today it couldn’t be.

‘Probably one of the hardest days of my life, we will get up again because we are Manchester United.

‘As he said several times, God has taught me to never give up and I promise to the fans that we will bring joy to you very soon.’

Meanwhile, Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni has said he intends to hand Garnacho his full international debut in the upcoming friendlies against Australia and Indonesia.

‘The idea is for Garnacho to play, to enjoy the minutes and to see how he does with his team mates,’ Scaloni said last week. ‘The expectation is to see these guys who are coming for the first time. Give them time, minutes.

‘And that they gradually join those who were already there. In principle, the idea is that (Garnacho) comes and joins the team. We will analyse if he will play from the start or have minutes.’

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