Man Utd star Alejandro Garnacho leaves family in tears after Cristiano Ronaldo celebration


Manchester United lifted the FA Youth Cup for a record-breaking 11th time as an Alejandro Garnacho-inspired Red Devils side beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 at Old Trafford.

Alejandro Garnacho was the toast of a sold-out Old Trafford as Manchester United supporters were finally given a cause for optimism.

There haven’t been too many silver linings in a Red Devils season which has veered from the hapless to the humiliating on a seemingly hour-by-hour basis. But the club’s youth side did suggest that times could be changing as they lifted the FA Youth Cup for a record 11th time.

United’s youngsters, inspired by the brilliant Garnacho, ran out 3-1 winners over Nottingham Forest in front of a capacity Theatre of Dreams.

Captain Rhys Bennett put the hosts in front in the first half, before Forest got back on level terms when Joshua Powell’s shot somehow managed to beat Radek Vitek in the United goal. But after the break Garnacho, who had scored five in the run to the final, took centre stage.

The 17-year-old first won and then converted a controversial penalty, with replays showing he was outside the box, before scoring his second deep into stoppage time.

Garnacho has already been called up to the Argentina national team and linked up with Lionel Messi, but has made no secret that his footballing idol is United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo. And he took inspiration from the Portuguese icon, celebrating his goals with Ronaldo’s trademark ‘Siu’ celebration.