Alejandro Garnacho branded a ‘clown’ with a ‘child’s mentality’ by FC Copenhagen players after more Champions League tension
The youngster also infuriated the Dane during the game at Old Trafford.
United sealed a 1-0 win over the Danish champions at Old Trafford in October with Andre Onana saving an injury-time penalty from Jordan Larsson to seal the win. Before the penalty was taken, Garnacho was spotted scuffing up the penalty spot which infuriated opposition players on the night.
Copenhagen got their revenge on Wednesday, coming from behind to win 4-3 and leave United’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League hanging by a thread.
Following Marcus Rashford’s red card, the Danes came from 2-0 down to level the contest just before half-time with Diego Goncalves scoring from the penalty spot deep into injury time.
On this occasion, Copenhagen were wise to Garnacho’s penalty spot antics, deploying a man to keep guard to ensure it wasn’t scuffed again.
‘In the first match he tried to do something,’ Copenhagen defender Denis Vavro said, Tipsbladet report. ‘Today I saw that Kevin Diks was at the penalty spot and blocked. If he wanted to do it again here, he is a clown in my eyes.
‘The mentality? It may be like a child’s. If it’s a home game in the 97th minute, I can understand maybe, but this was the first half. Maybe I had tried it in the 97th minute. I don’t understand if he would try again.’
United were awarded a penalty of their own in the second-half which Bruno Fernandes converted with Vavro insisting there was no temptation from the home side to adopt a similar tactic.
‘No, I’m not like Garnacho. A penalty kick is a penalty kick. I trust my keeper to save.’
Midfielder Lukas Lerager also took issue with Garnacho’s behaviour over the two games.
‘Sometimes when people are in such big clubs, they have to know that they are also human.
‘Then there’s just a situation where I take the ball from him in the box and he lunges, so I say some things to him that are not so nice but are respectful.
‘It just doesn’t suit such a man, I think, and they need to know it.’
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