Manchester United forward Garnacho compared to Mbappe by World Cup winner

Manchester United's Alejandro Garnacho comes on as a substitute to make his first team debut.

Alejandro Garnacho made his Manchester United debut against Chelsea REUTERS/Phil Noble.

Alejandro Garnacho has invited comparisons with Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe with his impressive and impactful performance for Manchester United in the last six months.

The 18-year-old has been out of action since early March, and there’s no certainty he’ll feature for Manchester United again this season. But in very limited appearances, the United academy talent has shown he’s destined for the top. He’s often viewed as a game-changing substitute, and with his match-winning pass to Marcus Rashford against Manchester City in January, Garnacho became the youngest player to assist a goal in a Manchester derby.

The dynamic winger was expected to get his first senior cap for Argentina during the international break in March, but an ankle injury against Southampton means he’ll have to wait at least until summer for the opportunity.

But big expectations regarding a player’s future and bold comparisons seldom wait these days after more than one encouraging performance.

Manchester United talent Garnacho compared to Mbappe

Mario Kempes, a 1978 World Cup winner with Argentina, likened Garnacho to Mbappe and suggested the talent should’ve been part of the 2022 squad.

“Garnacho has an incredible category and personality. He reminds me of Mbappe. I don’t know why he didn’t go to the World Cup,” Kempes told D Sports Radio (via M.E.N).

As far as attacking the space behind and confidently taking on defenders is concerned, Garnacho certainly has some similarities to the French superstar. But his decision-making is still way off and greatly needs to improve if he wants to mirror Mbappe’s prolific form.

Fortunately, Garnacho still has a lot of time to work on his craft. He doesn’t have to look at Paris for inspiration either. Marcus Rashford has taken huge strides this season under Erik ten Hag and Benni McCarthy’s coaching at Carrington. The Argentine should just get his head down and work!