Rio Ferdinand has said that Manchester United’s teenage forward Alejandro Garnacho is giving off “Ronaldo vibes” after scoring the game-winning goal for his team.
The Argentine prodigy, whose attitude has been questioned since joining Manchester United’s first squad, made a significant impact off the bench in his most recent Premier League outing by scoring a thrilling stoppage-time goal to seal a 2-1 victory at Fulham. Old Trafford teammate Ronaldo, who appears to be on the verge of leaving the club, once scored a stunning winner at Craven Cottage, leading to obvious comparisons between exciting players at opposite ends of their careers.
Ferdinand, who achieved great success when playing alongside Ronaldo, stated on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube channel: “I’m not for one minute saying he’s Ronaldo, or he’s going to be Ronaldo, but it was Ronaldo vibes. I played with a young Ronaldo – forget the Ronaldo that we’ve seen this weekend – let’s go back to the Ronaldo all the people are going to remember. You look at the goal Ronaldo scored against Fulham at Craven Cottage [in 2007], that was the catalyst to go on and win the league as well, we needed it and it was a moment.”
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The 18-year-old winger has scored two goals and dished out a handful of assists so far this season, and he has also stood out in Europa League appearances.
Alejandro Garnacho, aged 18 years and 135 days, became the youngest player to score a 90th-minute winner in the Premier League since Federico Macheda against Aston Villa in April 2009, also for Manchester United (17y 226d).
United has great expectations for Garnacho, and with Ronaldo presumably having no future with the Red Devils after his explosive conversation with Piers Morgan, the kid may see more regular playing time for the balance of the 2022-23 season.
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