Manchester United winger Alejandro Garnacho may miss the FA Cup Final against crosstown rivals Manchester City, as he has reportedly chosen to play in the FIFA U-20 World Cup. However, it remains to be seen if United will grant Garnacho’s wishes to opt for the youth international competition.

Garnacho has options for both FA Cup Final and U20 World Cup

The FA Cup Final between the two Manchester teams is set for June 3rd at Wembley Stadium. However, the U20 World Cup will be in the knockout stages during this timeframe. Garnacho’s home country Argentina is hosting the tournament this summer. The U20 World Cup begins on May 20th as the host nation faces Uzbekistan

Assuming the U20 Argentina side makes it through to the knockout rounds, a quarterfinal matchup would conflict with the English cup final. If Argentina finishes top of their group, they would potentially play knockout rounds on May 31st and June 4th. Argentina would also play on the day of the FA Cup Final if they finish second in Group A and win their first knockout round.

United may not allow player to feature in international competition

Argentine journalist German Garcia Grova has claimed that Garnacho has told United manager Erik ten Hag of his desire to play in the U20 World Cup. Nevertheless, fellow TyC reporter Gason Edul is reporting that United want their player to remain with the club. Argentina’s U20 head coach Javier Mascherano, formally with Liverpool and Barcelona, is reportedly in talks with United.

The 18-year-old winger is having a bit of a breakout season for ten Hag. Garnacho has managed to collect four goals and five assists while playing sparingly for the Dutchman. The pacy playmaker is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, but he is on track to return to the team soon.

Garnacho was born in Spain and previously played with their U18 team. However, he switched his allegiance to Argentina in the spring of 2022. Manchester City also has a player that could feature in the U20 World Cup as well. Maximo Perrone is Garnacho’s teammate in the Argentina U20 team.

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