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What Man Utd can expect from fantastic first-team duo at Copa America

Manchester United graduate Alejandro Garnacho had a brilliant season, which culminated with his crucial goal in the FA Cup final win over Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.

The 19-year-old ended the campaign with 15 goal contributions, and he will now be aiming to make his mark with Argentina at the Copa America in the United States.

Garnacho was an unused substitute in the recent friendlies against Ecuador and Guatemala, but he will be hoping to get some minutes off the bench when the main competition begins.

Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni has shown that he is receptive to making changes to the team based on performances. Garnacho will need to make the most of the chances afforded to him.

By contrast, United teammate and compatriot Lisandro Martinez has already established himself as a key player for the World Cup holders and could have a huge say at the tournament.

Nicolas Otamendi and Cristian Romero were the regular central defensive pairing at the 2022 World Cup, but Scaloni could be prepared to split the duo based on recent friendly games.

Martinez was paired alongside Romero in the heart of the defence against Ecuador. The Red Devils star kept his place alongside Nicolas Otamendi during the 4-1 rout of Guatemala.

This is probably a strong indication that Martinez will start in the left centre-back role. United fans will be hoping he can stay unscathed during the long tournament.


The 26-year-old had a tough campaign with plenty of injuries. He made only 14 appearances last season, the last of which came in the stunning FA Cup triumph.

Martinez will want to start every game for his country, but United fans would definitely not mind him being rested to manage his workload.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com.

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