The Manchester United winger, who recently became a father for the first time, has had one of the best weeks of his career so far. After scoring what could be a shoo-in for the Goal of the Season award against Everton last weekend, he plundered an emphatic opener in Wednesday night&aposs 3-3 draw against Galatasaray.
Though it was not quite as jaw-dropping as his strike at Goodison Park a little over 72 hours earlier, it was an excellent finish featuring levels of both composure and ruthlessness. Garnacho has now tripled his goals tally for the season in just two games.
As a result of his goals against Everton and Galatasaray, the 19-year-old is now United&aposs top-goalscoring winger so far this season. Marcus Rashford is the only other out-and-out winger to have found the net this term with two.
With that statistic in mind, Garnacho has all of a sudden established himself as an undroppable figure on the left-flank. He has started each of United&aposs last six matches, last being left out of the starting XI for the derby day defeat to Manchester City on October 29.
Over the course of those games he grew in stature and his recent upturn in form has meant he&aposs hogged the left-wing slot in recent weeks forcing Rashford, who missed the clash with Galatasaray through suspension, to the right.
Though Rashford is at his best on the left, Garnacho has made it impossible for Ten Hag to dislodge him. Though his goal against Everton was rightly the headline act of his afternoon&aposs work, his overall performance was much-improved on previous outings. He looked fresh and hungry to prove a point.
It was, in many ways, the ideal response to being left out of the Argentina squad for the recent international break. United already appear to benefitting from Lionel Scaloni&aposs decision to overlook him, with his last two performances suggesting he&aposs benefitted from a two-week breather.
Garnacho, prior to the last two games, had only previous scored three goals for United as a starter, proving more influential as an impact player from the bench. Combining his goals and his assists, eight of his 13 for the club have come as a substitute.
However, each of his three goals so far this season have come when he has started and as a result he is stepping up to the challenge manager Erik ten Hag set him towards the end of last season.
“One of the aspects of the biggest talent is that they are mature,” said Ten Hag, speaking in May. “First, they take responsibility then second, they are mature to bring in the skills and have belief that they can dominate opponents.
“Once again, he did it. He has had a big impact in many games: whether starting or coming on, he&aposs straight into the game and that&aposs so important for the squad.
“I&aposm happy we can bring in young players and, hopefully, he will progress so quickly that he can compete for a starting XI position, because that is his next challenge.”
Ten Hag, in September, also stressed the importance of Garnacho influencing proceedings more in a starting role, saying: “You have seen at the start of the season we played him, his contribution was not good enough. But he also had some good actions.