Alejandro Garnacho emphasizes the importance of Manchester United maintaining momentum to climb into the Champions League qualification spots.
Manchester United’s boss Erik ten Hag’s second campaign, following a promising first one, has been challenging due to numerous injuries, leading to a lack of European football after Christmas.
Despite the setbacks, there has been a recent improvement in fortunes, highlighted by Garnacho’s brace in Sunday’s 3-0 victory at Old Trafford, allowing them to overtake West Ham and secure sixth place.
The Red Devils are currently six points behind fifth-placed Tottenham, a position that could lead to Champions League qualification, and an additional two points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa, their upcoming opponent on Sunday.
“I am always trying to help the team by either scoring or assisting,” Garnacho said after his brace at the weekend.
“I don’t care if Rasmus (Hojlund) or (Marcus) Rashford scores, I think we have to win and we have to be in the top six again.
“Hopefully, you know, (I could get) 10, 12 goals (by the end of the season).
“Now we go over West Ham into the top six but of course we want to be in the Champions League the next year, so we have to keep this momentum and try to win the next game.”
Garnacho reveals his pride following a string of goals for United
Since the beginning of the year, United have won four of their five matches in all competitions, drawing the other. Hojlund has scored in each of his last four matches, including opening the scoring on Sunday to celebrate his 21st birthday.
This fine run began when he broke his Premier League duck in the 3-2 Boxing Day turnaround against Villa.
“I am very happy for Rasmus and also because it is his birthday,” Garnacho told MUTV.
“He had a difficult start but now he has scored (in) four games in a row. I am very happy for him and all of the team.”
Garnacho’s brace, along with Hojlund’s strike, marked the scoring in the match. Garnacho celebrated his first goal by sitting on the advertising hoardings alongside Hojlund and Kobbie Mainoo, fellow grinning young guns.
Mainoo, who scored a fantastic stoppage-time winner in Thursday’s 4-3 victory at Wolves, receives high praise from Garnacho. They are both 2022 FA Youth Cup winners and teammates.
“It is a dream for me and for Kobbie,” the Argentina international said.
“Kobbie is a future star, for me, and also it is a good feeling because we played in the Under-18s and the Under-21s, we grew up together and I am very happy.
“If you have to play, you play, it doesn’t matter if you are 18. I am happy for me and happy for the team.”