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'Garnacho excites me more' - Antony snub delivered by Man Utd legend Cole as he praises 'aggressive' Argentine wonderkid

3:06 AM EST 1/12/23
Alejandro Garnacho Manchester United 2022-23
Manchester United have plenty of potential at their disposal, with Andy Cole claiming that Alejandro Garnacho “excites me more” than Antony.
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WHAT HAPPENED? Two South American forwards are among those competing for game time in Erik ten Hag’s ranks at Old Trafford this season. Brazil international Antony is likely to remain a regular in 2022-23, having been snapped up from Ajax for £85 million ($103m), but 18-year-old Argentine prodigy Garnacho is ready to challenge more established team-mates for minutes as he seeks to become a first-team star with Premier League heavyweights.

WHAT THEY SAID: United legend Cole, who formed part of the club’s historic Treble-winning triumph in 1999, has told Casinos En Ligne of which player he believes has the most potential: “Garnacho excites me more to be honest. I think he’s busy and aggressive when he gets on the ball and he always wants to take people on. He looks to drop a shoulder, go past his defender and get crosses in or get his shots off. As a centre forward like me, when you’ve got a winger like that who wants to put the ball in that makes my mind up early doors because you know you’re in the game. I think he’s a really talented player and I’d love to see him get more action this season.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Garnacho has already registered a couple of goals for United this season – including a memorable match-winner during a Premier League trip to Fulham in November – while Antony has five efforts to his name through 16 appearances in all competitions.

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WHAT NEXT? Garnacho and Antony were both included from the start as United saw off Charlton on Tuesday to make their way into the Carabao Cup semi-finals – with the Brazilian winger breaking the deadlock in a 3-0 win – and they will be hoping to be involved again when the Red Devils take in a derby date with neighbours Manchester City on Saturday.