Manchester United starlet Alejandro Garnacho has sent a heartfelt response to Kyle Walker-Peters after the Southampton defender received horrific racist abuse.
Southampton secured a point on their visit to Old Trafford on Sunday, with United reduced to 10 men in the first half after Casemiro received a straight red.
Garnacho was subbed off late in the second half after he was on the receiving end of a challenge from Walker-Peters, with the United winger appearing to be in pain.
The 18-year-old United starlet was spotted leaving Old Trafford on crutches, with reports suggesting that Garnacho’s injury was “worse than first feared.”
Southampton on Monday issued a statement to condemn the “abhorrent racial abuse” that Walker-Peters received on social media after the 0-0 draw with United.
Walker-Peters has now taken to Instagram and released a statement to condemn the racial abuse, as well as send a message to United player Garnacho after his tackle.
“Proud of a hard earned point in a tough game at Old Trafford. Especially since we feel we could have had a bit more. It was a big effort from everyone,” Walker-Peters said.
“Thank you to the travelling supporters especially who made the journey to help push us on.
“On a personal level, the racial abuse I received is something that no player or person should ever have to experience.
“We need to be better, and this is bigger than just football. More needs to be done to prevent this from happening time and time again.
“Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of support since, I appreciate each and every one of you.
“Finally, to [Garnacho] it would never be my intention to injure a fellow professional. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back in action as soon as possible.”
Responding to Walker-Peters, Garnacho wrote: “More than football. Thank you very much for the message brother, this is part of football.”