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The Red Devils drew their final pre-season friendly against Real Vallecano (Pictures: Getty)

Erik ten Hag has praised Manchester United youngster Alejandro Garnacho for his display against Rayo Vallecano, while he is pleased with Lisandro Martinez’s adaptation to the club.

The Red Devils took part in their final pre-season friendly before the new Premier League campaign kicks off next week, drawing 1-1 against their Spanish visitors a day after losing to Atletico Madrid.

Ten Hag named very different sides for the two matches, with Sunday’s squad consisting largely of youngsters and new arrivals – as well as Cristiano Ronaldo, who has now made his long-awaited return to Manchester.

Amad Diallo, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Rangers, opened the scoring shortly after half-time before Alvaro Garcia Rivera levelled the scores less than 10 minutes later.

Another youngster, Argentine wonderkid Garnacho, gave a lively display against Rayo Vallecano and looks set for a big future at Old Trafford, with Ten Hag impressed by what he saw from the teenager.

Asked about the 18-year-old’s display, Ten Hag told MUTV: ‘What we want is young players who deserve a chance and we want to give them a chance.

‘He shows himself during pre-season and that’s why he came in and he played pretty well. And that is hopeful, his performance was really good.’

Manchester United teenager Alejandro Garnacho

Garnacho has impressed during United’s pre-season (Picture: Getty)

Another Argentine, summer signing Martinez, was handed his first start in the heart of defence alongside Raphael Varane and Ten Hag has been pleased with how quickly he has adapted to the team.

Asked if he was surprised by the speed with which the former Ajax star has settled in, Ten Hag replied: ‘No, but I think it was a really good combination with Rapha and they played really solid and that was good to see.

‘As always, the question is how will you integrate and I think he has integrated quite well into the team.’

Last week, United also announced the addition of Benni McCarthy to the club’s coaching staff and Ten Hag outlined the role the South African will play at United, with the ex-striker playing a key role in coaching attacking play.

The Dutch manager explained: ‘There was still one place in our coaching staff which I wanted to fill in, and that was someone with a different voice. Benni is such [a voice], he is experienced, he was a manager, he was a coach in a professional level and he was a former striker – a really successful striker as well.

‘He will focus on all the positioning and the attacking stuff. We’re not saying only the strikers, because it’s the attacking stuff also the integration for full-backs, for midfielders, because our way of playing has to be dynamic.’


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