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Copenhagen boss responds to Alejandro Garnacho’s “childish, baby-level” Man Utd antics

Prior to Copenhagen attacker Jordan Larsson’s 95th-minute penalty kick, which Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana saved, Alejandro Garnacho was seen scuffing the spot.

irritated Referees should red card players who scuff the penalty spot, like as Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho, according to Copenhagen boss Jacob Neestrup.

In their pivotal Champions League group-stage match, United led 1-0 at the time of the 95th-minute penalty conceded by the team. Garnacho was observed purposefully trodding on the spot to give Copenhagen striker Jordan Larsson a dirty strike. In the end, Red Devils custodian Andre Onana stopped Larsson’s attempt, giving Erik ten Hag’s team three much needed points and raising the spirits at Old Trafford, where they had been fearing the worst after Scott McTominay’s high foot penalty.

However, Garnacho’s dark arts have not been well received; Kim Kallstrom, a former midfielder for Arsenal, even went so far as to call them “baby-level” and “childish.” Viktor Claesson, the captain of Copenhagen, called the 19-year-old’s actions “unsportsmanlike,” and manager Neestrup proposed that there ought to be a barrier to stop players from acting in the same way.

The 35-year-old manager confirmed in a post-match interview with VG that “it is up to referees and associations to set limits,” as reported by Sport Witness. “All you have to do is give a red card for something like that, then people stop doing it.”

Speaking to the Danish publication Bold, seasoned striker Claesson expressed the same opinion as Neestrup, saying: “It’s unsportsmanlike. Although I wouldn’t support or condone it, if he has committed the crime, then so be it. That, in my opinion, had no bearing on whether he scored or missed.”

Copenhagen boss responds to Alejandro Garnacho's "childish, baby-level" Man Utd antics

Copenhagen boss responds to Alejandro Garnacho’s “childish, baby-level” Man Utd antics

Ten Hag, the manager of United, insists that neither he nor the Italian referee Marco Guida saw the incident. The Arsenal failure Kallstrom most definitely did, saying as quoted by Expressen while commenting on TV4 Play in Sweden: “What a terrible sort… That is really naive. It’s like something so little.”

In response, presenter Olof Lundh stated that UEFA ought to discipline Garnacho for his actions. “This is the kind of thing you want to be able to punish afterwards,” Lundh said.

Nonetheless, several Red Devils supporters gave the Argentina international high marks for his gamesmanship. After coming off the bench in the 63rd minute to replace Antony, Garnacho’s teammate Harry Maguire’s header in the second half ultimately doomed Copenhagen to a narrow defeat, earning United their first Champions League points following yet another subpar performance.


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