Man Utd star Garnacho’s explanation for having a vape emerges

Erik ten Hag assesses impressive Alejandro Garnacho

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As Manchester United beat Fulham last weekend, Alejandro Garnacho took to social media to share an image of himself watching the game from home. Eagle-eyed fans spotted a vape in the image, however, with the Argentine then editing it out. According to reports, however, it didn’t belong to the 18-year-old.

Garnacho has attracted a fair share of criticism this season, having previously been reprimanded for missing team meetings and his attitude behind the scenes.

And, last Sunday, the 18-year-old found himself in the spotlight after uploading an image on social media.

In the picture, a vape could be seen on the sofa Garnacho was sitting on. He then took the post down and re-uploaded it, editing the object out.

According to the Daily Mail, the vape didn’t belong to the United star. Instead, it’s owned by a family member.

Erik ten Hag is likely to be asked about Garnacho’s post when club football resumes after the international break.

The model in question was reportedly an ‘Elux Legend 3500’, which isn’t sold in the United Kingdom.

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For now, however, Garnacho’s focus will be on recovering from injury – having been crocked during a recent goalless draw with Southampton at Old Trafford.

The youngster had been expected to make his debut for Argentina this month, especially given his fine displays for the Red Devils.

But a first appearance for the World Cup winners has been put on hold for now, with Garnacho having no choice but to be patient as he prepares to make his bow.

Speaking recently, Ten Hag admitted he was frustrated at having to make do without his teenage talent.

“I can’t say exactly [when he will be back]. It will take weeks, it is a serious injury,” said the 53-year-old.

“Once again, after Christian Eriksen, we have a serious injury after a contact.

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“It is not a good decision. It is difficult to make a diagnosis quickly. I saw him limping and that is why I took him off.”

He added: “He will be back before the end of the season. We need to get him back as soon as possible and we hope he is ready.”

Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni, meanwhile, has insisted Garnacho’s time will come as he waits to feature for his country.

“It’s a pity,” said the former West Ham defender.

“Garnacho was called up but he could not come due to an injury. We trust that he can be in the next call-up, we have high hopes for him.

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“I hope he can put the Argentina national-team shirt on as soon as possible.”

Garnacho himself released a statement shortly after it emerged the United star would be out of action for the foreseeable future.

He wrote: “It is difficult to put into words how I’m feeling right now,” Garnacho posted on social media.

“Unfortunately I will not be able to help my team and teammates in the upcoming games in what is a very important part of the season for us at Manchester United.

“I am disappointed to also miss the opportunity to be with my teammates of the Argentinian National Team in what would have been a great and proud moment for me and my family.

“This is part of football and our profession, however, I am already focused in my recovery.

“God has taught me to never give up and I will make sure I am back stronger than ever!”

Garnacho is expected to be missing when United lock horns with Newcastle on April 2 (4.30pm).

The Red Devils drew 0-0 with Eddie Howe’s side earlier in the season, missing some big chances to win the game.

They did, however, battle their way to a 2-0 victory over Newcastle in the recent Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

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