MANCHESTER UNITED icon Paul Parker believes Alejandro Garnacho should be pushed into Erik ten Hag’s starting XI.
And he’s also urged Marcus Rashford to step up his efforts off the ball to help out teammates.
United have recovered from this month’s 6-3 derby defeat at Man City with narrow victories over Omonoia and Everton.
But Ten Hag will be looking for further improvements when his side host Greece in Thursday’s Europa League clash at Old Trafford.
One who will be hoping for an off-camera appearance is 18-year-old Garnacho.
The Argentina youth international is believed to be United’s best prospect.
However, Garnacho has only made three sub appearances so far this season.
And he has a lot of competition in the attacking line as even Cristiano Ronaldo can’t get a regular spot.
However, Parker believes Garnacho United have a lot to offer and advises Ten Hag to start the teenager as he has “a fire in his stomach”.
Parker told BeMyBet: “I think you really need to look at what you have in the squad.
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“There is one younger player, Alejandro Garnacho. Everyone was talking about him in preseason.
“Garnacho has a little bit of him, he’s tenacious and he’s got a little bit, a lot of Argentines play with a fire in their stomach and they’re a little bit fiery and he has a competitive advantage.
“And I think someone like him might need a run. With good players around him, he could probably do quite well.”
Parker also hinted that Garnacho’s inclusion could come at Rashford’s expense.
The 24-year-old forward has enjoyed a resurgence under Ten Hag, scoring five goals in nine games.
However, Parker believes Rashford’s work rate tracing could be significantly improved.
Parker expects the pressure to be off for now, but Rashford should work harder off the ball or risk becoming “embarrassed”.
Parker added: “Looking at Rashford, he’s not in a position where his teammates are looking at him and thinking he’s going to work hard enough.
“You’re not going to look at him to win the ball back after he’s lost it.
“It’s not about him making great games, it’s about trying his best to help his teammates.
“He should be a little scared because he doesn’t want to be embarrassed walking around town.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6413892/man-utd-marcus-rashford-alejandro-garnacho-paul-parker/ Man Utd stars will look at Marcus Rashford and think he’s not working hard enough, Garnacho needs to start, says Parker