‘That boy could be in any stadium and he wouldn’t care’: Man United U18 coach Travis Binnion praises Alejandro Garnach for being calm and scoring a key penalty in the FA Youth Cup final victory
- Alejandro Garnacho did not have the courage to regain the lead of Man United in the final
- He then recorded a 3-1 win against Nottingham Forest in overtime
- The win was a rare stimulus moment in the gloomy season at the club
- Garnacho made his first-team debut against Chelsea at Old Trafford last month
Manchester United coach Travis Binnion praised cold-blooded Alejandro Garnach after the pressure penalty put them on their way to glory in the FA Youth Cup.
The 17-year-old winger kept the nerve to regain United’s lead against Nottingham Forest with just 13 minutes to go and continued to record a 3-1 victory with another goal in overtime.
This brought United its 11th triumph in the Youth Cup and sparked a celebration among a record 67,492 spectators at Old Trafford.
Alejandro Garnach’s (c) pressing penalty set Man United on the road to glory in the FA Youth Cup
The 17-year-old winger kept his nerves to regain United’s lead against Nottingham Forest
The win was a rare stimulus moment in a gloomy season at the club and offered optimism to new manager Erik ten Hague about talented rising players.
‘That boy could be at any stadium in the world and he wouldn’t care,’ Binnion said of Garnach, who made his first-team debut against Chelsea last month.
‘It’s his make-up. Some of them are like that and that is why they will have good careers.
‘This football club is outstanding in that, it is the best in the world. We have to keep it going, we have a responsibility to keep it – the pipeline.
Manchester United coach Travis Binnion (right) praised Garnach for staying cool
‘It’s nice to give fans a little something because they’re second class.’
United had to fight hard to defeat Forrest, and Joshua Powell’s kick canceled out the early opening of home captain Rhys Bennett.
But they regained control of the competition in the final moments after Forest defender Zach Abbott fouled Garnach for a controversial penalty with contact clearly out of bounds.
Garnacho, who was recently called up by Argentina, took care of the robbery series and finish in the referee’s compensation that legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson shone in the stands.
‘Games like that are won at times, we stole the ball high. The boys have found so many different ways to win this race and it is brilliant for them, ‘added Binnion.
Garnacho, recently invited by Argentina, took care of the robbery series and ended up making up for lost time
On his goal, Bennett said: ‘It’s one of those things you dream of – scoring at Old Trafford. Although I am a defender, I like to score a goal if I can. It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life.
‘70,000 at Old Trafford – I’ve only dreamed about this since I was a kid and since I joined this club.
‘The best thing is that we did it as a team. No one is an individual. We fell twice [in the cup run]the first admitted, and each of them dug deep. ‘
Huge audiences set a new record for the FA Youth Cup finals, and quarterback Sam Murray added: ‘Going out, it was crazy. As a kid, I watched YouTube videos behind the scenes and then you were in that moment.
‘It’s magical, few words can describe it. Many of us who play are fans. I myself cheered for United and that is special.
Huge audiences set a new record for the FA Youth Cup finals, and Sam Murray said it was ‘magical’
‘The fans have so much passion for the club and if we can do it again then I’m sure we will go far.’
Forest coach Warren Joyce, the former head of the reserve team at United, was frustrated by the away penalty when contact was clearly made off the field.
He said: ‘We are disappointed with others because it is obviously two yards outside the penalty area. It’s not a penalty.
‘In games like this, it’s hard for the boys to look back, at a time when they could have gone any way.’