Alejandro Garnacho risks Man Utd exile with social media activity after Bournemouth draw


Alejandro Garnacho, a winger for Manchester United, might be the most recent player to fall from Erik ten Hag’s favor. The forward was replaced at halftime during Saturday night’s Red Devils tie with Bournemouth, and it was clear from his social media posts that he wasn’t delighted with the decision.

At the Vitality Stadium, captain Bruno Fernandes saved United twice. First, he equalized Dominic Solanke’s opening goal, and then, after Justin Kluivert had given the Cherries a lead again, he calmly scored from the penalty spot.

There was much to be desired about the performance, as Ten Hag was clearly furious the entire time. After his team was behind 2-1 at the half, the Dutchman made a tactical change that caused some controversy in the opposing end.

After Garnacho was benched, Amad Diallo entered the game for his third appearance of the campaign. When Ten Hag was questioned about the choice at his post-game news conference, he disclosed that Bournemouth was focusing on the right side of his squad and that Garnacho had missed a large portion of training this week due to injury.

The Argentine international liked two contentious tweets on X before sharing a “speechless” photo on Instagram, suggesting that he was not fully happy with the choice. Garnacho may be flirting with fire with his activities, but Ten Hag has made it clear that he is aware of social media activity and is prepared to take action, as demonstrated by the banishment of Jadon Sancho.

The teenage prospect liked, and has since unliked, two tweets from YouTuber Mark Goldbridge. The first read: “Garnacho has been one of our best players this season. Poor first half but taking him off at half time and holding him up as the problem is a joke. Many have done much worse week in week out and are still out there.”

Though Garnacho did not stop there, liking another post which read: “Ten Hag subtly blaming Garnacho in the post match press conference… not a good look throwing a 19 year old under the bus who has actually delivered for you this season. But then again he’s clearly scared of upsetting the bigger earners.”

The dynamic winger then shared a picture of himself looking dejected with an emoji of a shocked face on Instagram, seemingly hinting that he wasn’t happy with the report. Later on, he removed his story post as well. Given the situation, a picture—or an emoji—can convey a thousand words. It will be interesting to watch if Ten Hag moves against his No. 17 in the days ahead.

 

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