Erik ten Hag’s classy speech to Alejandro Garnacho’s family as he signed new deal

The Man United manager spoke with the prospect’s family about the new deal and what he thinks is yet to come.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag gave a touching speech to members of Alejandro Garnacho’s family as the youngster signed a new five-year contract at the club.

The boss said that the new deal was a deserved reward for his hard work this season.

Despite missing the last few games following an injury during a Premier League match against Southampton, Garnacho has been a bright spark in a great season for United.

Although Cristiano Ronaldo departed the club after a shocking television interview, Garnacho has shown that he is more than capable of stepping up in place of the Portuguese attacker.

Erik ten Hag’s heartwarming words about Alejandro Garnacho

Four goals and four assists in all competitions for the Red Devils highlight his potential, and at 18 years old, his best years are still to come.

United were eager to tie him down to a new long-term deal, which was confirmed last week.

And following the documents all being signed, Ten Hag invited Garnacho’s family to Carrington and lavished praise on the youngster.

Ten Hag looks like a proud dad standing next to the talented prospect, and the manager’s elation about the new deal is demonstrated in his speech.

“I met your family, the most important people in your life,” he said.

“It’s a big, big moment, so I [will say] some words. He is improving and he has improved a lot. That is why we are now here and he deserves this, a new contract. It is deserved by his performance and he has fought his way into the team.

“So, it was a huge step and he did magnificently. Now, I hope and I think this new contract is an inspiration and a motivation to do even better. Because it is a big step and today you deserve it.

“We have to do some celebrations and you have to do some celebrations with your family, they are the ones who are in your heart.”

Video: Ten Hag’s passionate speech to Alejandro Garnacho’s family

The Dutch manager then set out his ambitions and also what he now expects from Garnacho going forward, stressing that he can’t afford to let up now he has signed a new deal.

“This club needs players who can do incredible things. It is not only about ‘we want to win’. Also, we want to win in a certain way,” he said.

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