Has Manchester United winger Alejandro Garnacho already won goal of the season?
Gary Neville lavished admiration on Alejandro Garnacho, who produced one of the great Premier League goals in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Everton.
In the third minute at Goodison Park, the 19-year-old Argentina winger met Diogo Dalot’s cross from approximately 15 yards out and fired a magnificent overhead kick into the top corner.
“I can’t believe it, to be honest,” he admitted later. “I didn’t see how I scored, I just listened to the crowd and said ‘oh my God’.”
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“It was a jaw-dropping moment,” remarked former Everton player Leon Osman on BBC Radio 5 Live. Everyone was taken aback when they saw such a high-quality goal.
“It wasn’t just the finish which was remarkable but the whole move, back to front, cross-field pass, good touch, underlapping run, cross to the far post then that moment.”
On Sky Sports, former Manchester United captain Neville added, “That is a magical, magical goal.” That will happen a few times this season. That is among the best you’ll ever see.
“I still can’t believe it. In terms of a goal, I don’t believe his career can get any better. Absolutely breathtaking, a world-class moment.
“I’ve never seen a better overhead kick goal than that.” He must take a stride away from the goal, shuffle his feet, and raise himself into the air. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Please remember Michael Olise.
The Crystal Palace winger produced a wonderful goal against Luton Town on Saturday, sprinting down the right wing, cutting in, and curling a stunning strike into the far corner.
“It’s got to be up there,” Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer stated on Match of the Day when asked if it would be goal of the season.
“It will take some beating,” Lineker added.
That thumping would come roughly 22 hours later, and sadly for Olise, his strike isn’t even the goal of the final weekend of November.
“The finish was incredible, it was world class,” United manager Erik ten Hag told BBC Sport. We’re still early in the season, but it’s already the season’s aim.”
However, his manager believes Garnacho has a long way to go before he is ready.
“It’s not the first time we saw this, we have already often seen glimpses, but if you want to be a player like Wayne Rooney or Cristiano Ronaldo you have to score 20 to 25 goals in the Premier League each season,” said the former England captain.
“That’s not easy to come by; you have to work hard and go to places where it hurts.” So there’s a lot coming up. But he has promise.”
Bruno Fernandes, captain of the Red Devils, described it as “superb.” “I have no words to describe how amazing it was.” It is extraordinary. “Special from a special kid,” he went on to say.
“Memories of some of the great goals that we’ve seen scored,” remarked John Murray, a BBC Radio 5 Live commentator since 1997.
“I’m thinking Mark Hughes, Wayne Rooney, his famous goal in the Manchester derby, that was right up there with that.”
“It was acrobatic, spectacular, I think it’s one of the best goals I’ve seen live.”
Where does Garnacho’s goal rank in terms of overhead kicks?
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