Paul Scholes showered praise on Alejandro Garnacho following Manchester United’s crucial victory over Chelsea, asserting that the winger was ‘the standout player on the pitch’ during the match.
In a much-needed 2-1 win against Mauricio Pochettino’s side, Scott McTominay scored twice, providing a lift for United after a challenging week for the club and manager Erik ten Hag.
Garnacho, the Argentine international, has been a shining light in recent weeks, delivering a stunning bicycle kick against Everton and adding another goal against Galatasaray last week.
After the disappointing defeat to Newcastle United, ten Hag made changes in the attack, benching Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial and bringing in Antony and Rasmus Hojlund.
Garnacho retained his place in the lineup and continued to trouble Chelsea down the left wing.
While McTominay was awarded the man of the match for his two goals, Scholes suggested that the young winger might have been more deserving of the accolade, noting that Garnacho ‘excelled’ and ‘went up another level’ against Chelsea.
“I thought Garnacho was excellent,” Scholes told Premier League Productions. “I thought he was probably the best player on the pitch.
I know Scott scored two goals and got player of the match, but I thought Garnacho was excellent, and he went up another level tonight.”
Amid reports of discontent at the club, United secured a crucial victory ahead of a challenging run of games that could define their season.
They face in-form Bournemouth on Saturday, followed by their final Champions League group game against Bayern Munich on Wednesday. United then heads to Liverpool a week on Sunday.
Expressing gratitude to the supporters, ten Hag acknowledged their unwavering support, stating, “I am used to it. Every time.
I have to say, even in bad times, the fans and the crowd are behind us; they are supporting us, and we have to please them.
We have to give everything we have as a team. It is what they can expect from us. So we have to cooperate and give the best we can.”