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Alejandro Garnacho can follow in the footsteps of Ryan Giggs and make a lasting impact at Manchester United according to former midfielder Paul Ince.

The United teenager has become a fan favourite with his stunning strike against Everton already looking nailed on for the club’s goal of the season.

Now, with boss Erik ten Hag getting desperate for a turnaround of results and good fortune, the Argentina starlet is being urged to start repaying on the faith shown in him.

Ince believes the 19-year-old can build a body of work at the club to emulate achievements of a United legend in Giggs if he is prepared to put in the hard work now.

“Forget about his unbelievable goal against Everton – his real asset is that when he gets the ball, his first thought is wanting to beat an opposition player,” said Ince.

“He’s always trying to get past people, which is a great asset to have. He’s like Ryan Giggs in the sense that as soon as he got the ball, the first thing on his mind was trying to beat someone.

“He’s definitely got that characteristic in him, he’s exciting to watch and gets the fans off their seats, and I think he’s going to have a very good career, that’s for sure.”

Giggs’s incredible numbers will almost certainly remain unbreached given his 963 appearances, 168 goals and 260 assists in 23 glorious years with the Reds.

But if Garnacho works on his weaknesses, Ince believes there is huge untapped potential in the teenager.

“I’d like to see him score more goals, but he’s still young and can improve a lot,” said Ince, speaking to

“I remember playing with Eric Cantona and he used to turn up early for training to work on his weak foot and his shooting – every day he used to do that.

“That’s what you want to see these young kids do – come out and work on your weaknesses and become a better player. If he does that then he’s going to be a very important player for Manchester United over a long period of time.”

United are acutely aware of their strikers’ troubles – Marcus Rashford, Garnacho, Anthony Martial, Antony and Rasmus Hojlund have contributed just eight goals so far.

But Ince cautioned against a rushed move to remedy the problem in January.

“They can’t go mad,” he said. “First thing’s first is that you don’t get the best players in January, that’s a fact. Secondly, there shouldn’t be a rush for Manchester United.

“We’ve seen over the last six or seven years that the recruitment has been poor for one reason or another. Some of the players who have come in aren’t at the right level, and they’ve ended up spending a lot of money on individuals who haven’t ended up improving the team.

“I’m sure Jim Ratcliffe will have a different perspective and way of looking at recruitment. It’s not as if United are going to win the title this year, so they’ve got time to make their decisions.

“They need to sign players who can deal with the pressure of playing for Manchester United and produce the right standards on the pitch and the training pitch every week.”

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