Garnacho's Sensational Goal Highlights United's 3-0 Win Against Everton
|Alejandro Garnacho of Manchester United scores the team's first goal the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester United at Goodison Park on November 26, 2023 in Liverpool, England.(Image-Getty)
Manchester United's Alejandro Garnacho stole the spotlight with a potential goal of the season in Sunday's 3-0 victory over Everton, as lauded by manager Erik ten Hag. The 19-year-old's extraordinary overhead kick in the third minute, connecting with Diogo Dalot's cross, drew immediate comparisons to iconic strikes by Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Alejandro Garnacho of Manchester United celebrates after scoring the team's first goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester United at Goodison Park on November 26, 2023 in Liverpool, England(Image-Getty)
While acknowledging the brilliance of Garnacho's goal, Ten Hag cautioned against premature comparisons with United legends. Despite the season having many games left, the manager declared it possibly the goal of the season, emphasizing its incredibility.
Garnacho, the young Argentine, expressed disbelief at his achievement, recounting his reaction: "I didn't see how I scored, I just listened to the crowd and said 'Oh my god.'" He described it as one of his best goals and expressed immense happiness.
The reminiscence of goals by Rooney and Ronaldo, particularly Rooney's 2011 bicycle kick, echoed through football discussions. Former United captain Gary Neville, on Sky Sports broadcast, marveled at Garnacho's overhead kick, comparing it favorably even to Rooney's iconic moment.
However, Ten Hag, who served a one-game suspension and was absent from the touchline, urged against hasty comparisons. He stressed the need for Garnacho to consistently prove himself and work hard to establish his own identity. Despite recognizing Garnacho's high potential, Ten Hag highlighted the challenge of emulating the goal-scoring records of Rooney or Ronaldo in the Premier League.
The goal left Goodison Park in awe, with the exception of the ecstatic traveling United supporters chanting "Viva Garnacho." Everton manager Sean Dyche himself acknowledged the extraordinary nature of what he termed a "lifetime goal."