For digging up the penalty spot prior to FC Copenhagen’s thrilling miss with the last kick of Tuesday’s Champions League match at Old Trafford, Alejandro Garnacho has come under fire. The last-second miss by Jordan Larsson might have been caused by the Manchester United winger, who was seen scuffing up the spot by television cameras.
But Erik ten Hag’s side saw their Group A lives flash before their eyes when Italian referee Marco Guida penalised Scott McTominay for a high foot in the dying seconds.
It took Andre Onana’s heroics to send the Old Trafford crowd into raptures and keep United’s hopes of progressing into the last 16 alive.
However, after full-time, footage emerged of Garnacho getting to work on the penalty spot while the players crowded Guida in response to the big decision.
The 19-year-old missed two gilt-edged chances to score after coming on as a substitute for the final 30 minutes, which almost cost United the crucial three points.
He appeared to directly impact the result at the other end of the pitch, though, and former Premier League star Chris Sutton isn’t happy.
Sutton has called on Ten Hag to publicly condemn Garnacho’s actions in his next press conference, claiming United supporters would be outraged if they were on the wrong end of the incident.
Just imagine if that was the other way round. And Manchester United needed to get back into the game,” Sutton told the it’s all coming up podcast
“There would be, I mean, there would be outrage from Manchester United fans, wouldn’t there?
“I thought that was really, really poor from Garnacho. You know, I really did. Digging up the penalty spot is a totally different thing.
“I think that that’s a really poor show from Garnacho and Manchester United, and he should be called out for it. I hope Erik ten Hag deals with this in his next presser.”
United still have it all to do in Group A, having lost two of their three fixtures with two trips to hostile away grounds and a home clash against group-stage phenoms Bayern Munich to come.
The Red Devils likely have to beat both Copenhagen and Galatasaray overseas to avoid a humiliating early exit.
And, as unlikely as it seems based on their current form, they could look back at Garnacho’s naughty role in Tuesday’s win as part of the turning point to their campaign.