Man Utd could anger Alejandro Garnacho and Argentina over U20 World Cup call-up stance


Man Utd could anger Alejandro Garnacho and Argentina over U20 World Cup call-up stance

Manchester United do not want one of their key players to go on international duty, ahead of the Premier League run in.

It’s a big week for Erik ten Hag’s treble hopes. Having already claimed the Carabao Cup this season - United’s first silverware of any kind in six years - the club take on Sevilla in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final on Thursday, with the scores currently locked at 2-2.

Then, on Sunday United go toe-to-toe with Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Should they make either final winger Alejandro Garnacho could be absent from proceedings to play for his national team.

Garnacho to play for Argentina U20?

According to prominent Argentinian journalist Gaston Edul, United do not want to let Garnacho go on international duty in May.

Argentina have named the United teenager in the preliminary squad for the under-20 World Cup. The young Argentinians will be hoping to follow the same path as the senior team, who were crowned world champions for the third time in Qatar.

While Garnacho narrowly missed out on a senior call-up for last November’s World Cup, he will likely be one of the stars of the under-20 side for the home tournament.

However, United are reportedly trying to block the player's involvement.

In a tweet translated from Spanish, Edul said: “Manchester United does not want to give up Alejandro Garnacho for the World Cup and they have already communicated it.

“It is difficult for them to leave. AFA and [under-20 boss Javier] Mascherano are going to do everything possible to keep him there but it is complicated.”

Indeed, if Argentina progress through the competition, the winger would miss the end of the Premier League season, which runs until May 28.

Moreover, should United qualify the teenager could also be absent for the Europa League final on May 31 and the FA Cup final, which is scheduled for June 3.

Whatever happens, the 18-year-old faces a battle to be fit for the start of the under-20 World Cup on May 20, having not featured for United since picking up an injury in March against Southampton.

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